Research Tracks

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

August 19, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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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.

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.