Research Tracks

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

August 19, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR announces administrative changes involving research compliance

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced a number of administrative changes aimed at helping investigators and committee members navigate the sometimes complex landscape of research compliance.

Deborah Holland, assistant vice provost for research, director of compliance, says the changes are intended to support investigators and committee members in the ethical conduct and review of research.

“In research compliance, communication and documentation are the keys to success,” Holland said.  “The new forms and website changes will provide the support that Baylor researchers and committee members need to perform their roles while also documenting the university’s commitment to the responsible and ethical conduct of research.”

Summary of compliance changes and updates:

  • New submission forms and templates are available in the IRBNet system, including IRB applications, consent form templates, continuing review & closure forms and protocol templates.  The forms have been completely redesigned to meet regulatory requirements and reflect current best practices for IRB review, documentation and compliance.
  • The compliance website is undergoing updates to improve investigators’ access to the information needed to conduct their research.  New content will include explanations of the various review committee functions, assistance in determining what type of review is needed, and an FAQ section.
  • As in previous years, the OVPR will offer a compliance seminar in the fall for researchers and staff.  This year, for the first time, the seminar will be presented at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas in addition to the session on the Waco campus.  The seminar will include discussion and question & answer sessions with the IRB chair and vice-chair, as well as the assistant VPR, director of compliance.  OVPR staff will also be on hand to explain the IRBNet and CITI online systems.

Contact Deb Penney, OVPR administrative associate, with any questions.

August 9, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

NIH updates grant and contract guidelines for animal research

The National Institutes of Health have revised their grant and contract submission requirements based on the 2013 update to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s guidelines for the euthanasia of research animals.

Beginning September 1, 2013, the Vertebrate Animal Section of NIH grant and contract proposals must describe any method of euthanasia to be used and the reasons for its selection, and to state whether the method proposed is consistent with the 2013 AVMA guidelines. If the proposed method is not consistent with the AVMA guidelines, a scientific justification must be included.

Click here to read the NIH notice, or click here to read the updated AVMA euthanasia guidelines. Contact Dr. Richard Duhrkopf, IACUC chair, with any questions.

July 22, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

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.

May 9, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

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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