Research Tracks

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

February 17, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR, IBC unveil online biosafety training through CITI

IBC CITI Training

Click the image to visit the IBC’s CITI training website.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research, in conjunction with the Institutional Biosafety Committee, has launched a new, online training program for investigators in BSL-1 or BSL-2 labs who submit research protocols to the IBC.  The training is provided through a campus-wide subscription to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

Dr. Chris Kearney, associate professor of biology and chair of Baylor’s IBC, says the new CITI training is intended to reinforce existing campus-wide standards for biosafety.

“Many peer institutions use CITI training because it allows access to appropriate compliance instruction in an easy-to-use, online format,” says Kearney. “Having this training in place ensures that our procedures meet all federal and institutional guidelines, and gives our investigators and committee members the most relevant and up-to-date information.”

Investigators planning to submit new IBC protocols for review at the committee’s spring meeting must complete CITI training prior to submission.  Those investigators working on projects with current IBC approval will be required to complete the training prior to submitting their renewal applications in the fall.

Click here to access the CITI training on the IBC website.  Contact Dr. Chris Kearney with any questions about the new training requirements.

July 22, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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CITI training website to be temporarily unavailable beginning July 29

CITI, the online compliance training tool, will undergo a major software upgrade beginning July 29 at approximately 10:00 a.m. CDT. The planned changes will update many features of the CITI platform, and provide a new user interface across the site.

According to information provided by CITI, the website and training modules are expected to be unavailable for two to three days during the upgrade. To avoid inconvenience, the OVPR encourages faculty to complete any required CITI training modules in advance of the scheduled upgrades.

Click here for more information on Baylor’s CITI training requirements, or contact Damon Crisman at 254-710-3147 with questions about the system upgrades.

June 21, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Conflict of interest regulations promote transparency and objectivity in health research

The U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) has amended its financial Conflict of Interest (COI) regulations aimed at eliminating real or perceived conflicts of interest on the part of investigators who receive funding to conduct health research.

The policy changes the way investigators and institutions must disclose potential conflicts of interest, and mandates COI training for all investigators prior to submission of a proposal to any PHS agency.

The new regulations apply to research funded by or proposed to any PHS agency (PHS agencies include: NIH, SAMHSA, AHRQ, ATSDR, CDC, FDA, HRSA and IHS). Researchers funded by non-PHS agencies are governed by the COI policies specific to their funding agency. Contact OSP for more information.

Baylor provides the required training through our existing CITI online compliance training package. Visit the Conflicts of Interest in Research website to learn more and to access the required training

May 9, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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IACUC requires new CITI training module for faculty working with fish

As part of its mission to assure humane treatment of vertebrate animals used in research or instruction, Baylor’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) requires prospective investigators to complete online training modules.

All investigators who submit protocols to IACUC are required to complete core modules in the CITI training system which cover general animal research principles and the responsibilities of investigators, students and staff. Additional modules may be required for investigators who work with particular species.

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