Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

August 31, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Office of Research Compliance to present on-campus help sessions for human subjects research

The Office of Research Compliance will offer on-campus help sessions/workshops this semester for researchers who are planning to submit, or are in the process of revising, new applications (protocols) for IRB review, amendments, or continuing reviews of their human subject research projects.  The help sessions will be held at various locations on campus for the convenience of researchers in different departments, but all researchers are welcome to attend any of the scheduled sessions. All locations will have wireless Internet connections. Researchers should bring their own laptop.

The first help session is scheduled for:

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Marrs McLean Science Building, room 245

Office staff will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance in the following areas:

  • Explaining the various templates and forms available to researchers;
  • Answering questions about the information required in the protocol, consent forms, and/or application forms;
  • Addressing IRB required modifications appropriately;
  • Discussing options for recruitment, informed consent forms and processes, confidentiality/privacy practices;
  • Providing guidance on more complex research design issues:
    • Research using physiological devices or biomedical procedures
    • Investigator responsibilities for research on sensitive topics or use of deception methods
    • Use of mobile applications, social media, or other emerging technologies in research
  • IRBNet and CITI training

Watch for future sessions throughout the fall semester.

If you need help but are unable to attend to a help session, please contact Deb Penney at 254-710-3708 to make an appointment.

August 25, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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OSP to present TRAX sign-up sessions for principal investigators

In response to recent changes to federally mandated Uniform Guidance for sponsored programs, Baylor’s procurement system for grants will be changing.  All principal investigators will need to have access to the TRAX financial system.

To assist PIs who may not yet have TRAX access, the Office of Sponsored Programs will be offering TRAX sign-up assistance and training opportunities this week.

The locations and times are:

Thursday, Aug. 27
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Baylor Sciences Building, room E.234

Friday, Aug. 28
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Baylor Sciences Building, room E.301

If you are unable to attend either of these sessions, please contact OSP to schedule a different time.

August 24, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: Institutional Review Board annual fall seminar

The university’s Institutional Review Board has scheduled its annual fall seminar for:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Baylor Sciences Building E125

This seminar will provide beneficial information to both new and seasoned researchers, as well as anyone who signs into IRBNet as an advisor or departmental representative.

Among topics to be discussed are the role of the Institutional Review Board, requirements for a Principal Investigator, and accessing IRBNet and CITI for research purposes. The AVPR, Director of Compliance and the IRB Chair and Vice-Chair will be on hand to present information and respond to questions.

Additionally, the presenters will address the new submission and follow-up forms that are now required in IRBNet.

No RSVP needed, but seating is based on a first come, first serve basis.  Contact Deb Penney at 254-710-3708 with any questions.

August 4, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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OER and you: How NIH’s Office of Extramural Research supports biomedical research

NIH LogoThe Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health provides oversight and administration for research grants that help scientists answer important questions in biomedical fields.  The OER has a number of online resources that can help researchers and administrators carry out their work.

Click the links below for more information: