Research Resources - Administrative, Regulatory and Educational
This directory provides links to support services, policies, procedures, and regulations related to the conduct of research.
To submit updates, or to request the addition of a resource, please contact Paul Wood at email@example.com or (412) 648-9618.
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Conflict of Interest (COI) Office
The University of Pittsburgh has put policies in place - consistent with federal guidelines - that require the reporting and management of the potential conflicts of interest of its faculty, administrators, and staff. The Conflict of Interest Web site makes available COI-related policies and procedures, compliance forms, resource and training materials, and other information on this important issue that will be of interest to the University community.
Environmental Health and Safety Department
Contact EHS to obtain information and assistance concerning Health and safety within the laboratories and offices at the University. The objectives of the University of Pittsburgh General Health and Safety Program are to:
- identify potential hazards to health and safety at the University of Pittsburgh;
- prescribe suitable means for the evaluation and control of hazards;
- investigate all accidents and institute corrective actions to prevent reoccurrence;
- provide guidance for compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and make specific reference to such regulations where appropriate;
- promote health and safety awareness among University faculty, staff, and students by developing and implementing effective training programs to minimize the impact of workplace hazards.
Human Stem Cell Research Oversight Office
The primary purpose of the University of Pittsburgh’s hSCRO Committee is to ensure that all federal and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regulations governing the conduct of human embryonic stem cell research are met and that other human stem cell research is conducted in accordance with the general principles expressed in the National Academies’ Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, with the policies and procedures adopted by the hSCRO Committee, and with other relevant University of Pittsburgh research policies. Human embryonic stem cell research conducted at the University must also comply with the applicable NIH Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research.
As there may be potential ethical concerns with any pluripotent stem cell research, the hSCRO Committee’s purview includes oversight of both embryonic and certain types of non-embryonic stem cell research. The hSCRO Committee’s specialized expertise and knowledge of the broad scope of human stem cell research being conducted at the University of Pittsburgh allows the Committee to serve as a valuable resource.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
The University of Pittsburgh Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees the university's animal programs, facilities and procedures insuring the appropriate care, use, and humane treatments of animals being used for research, testing and education. The IACUC serves as a resource to faculty, investigators, technicians, students, staff, and administrators, providing guidance in fulfilling the obligation to plan and conduct all animal use procedures with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.
Institutional Biosafety Committee
The University of Pittsburgh Institutional Biosafety (IBC) Committee is responsible for reviewing and ensuring compliance with the NIH Guidelines on all research activities that involve recombinant DNA (rDNA) including human gene transfer clinical trials.
For guidance on export of dual-use research items, please contact the Office of Research.
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the University of Pittsburgh is an appropriately constituted administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects recruited to participate in research activities. In accordance with the regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in (in order to approve) or disapprove all research activities involving humans that fall within its jurisdiction.
Office for Investigator-Sponsored IND and IDE Support (O3IS)
The University of Pittsburgh Office for Investigator-Sponsored IND and IDE Support (O3IS) is a combined service of the Office of Clinical Research, Health Sciences, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Research Conduct and Compliance Office; established for the purpose of providing assistance to University researchers involved in the development and submission of investigator-sponsored Investigational New Drug (IND) applications and Investigational Device Exemptions (IDEs) for acceptance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the conduct of clinical research studies under such FDA-accepted applications and exemptions. Contact Mr. Dennis Swanson, RPh, MS, Director, O3IS.
Office of General Counsel
The University of Pittsburgh’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) provides legal services to the University of Pittsburgh. The OGC attorneys are responsible for preparation and review of University contracts and agreements, representing the University in legal proceedings and providing legal advice to the University, including that related to research compliance issues. The OGC is also responsible for responding to government investigational requests, subpoenas, and requests for information under state or federal open
Office of Research Integrity
The Office of Research Integrity is available to faculty, staff, and students to answer questions about the application or interpretation of research integrity standards. It also advises academic units in the planning of periodic educational sessions to alert their faculty, graduate students, and other researchers to research integrity issues. The Office of Research Integrity is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the conduct of inquiries and investigations by peer faculty groups into allegations of research misconduct and for maintaining liaison on these matters with outside agencies that sponsor research. To consult with the Research Integrity Officer or to request copies of the Research Integrity Policy (University Policy 11-01-01) or the Guidelines for Ethical Practice in Research, telephone 412-624-3007.
Radiation Safety Office
The University of Pittsburgh Radiation Safety Office is responsible for ensuring that all sources of licensed radioactive material and ionizing radiation producing equipment, which fall under its responsibility, are used optimally and safely. The office also ensures that these sources of ionizing radiation are used in compliance with applicable federal and state regulations and with institutional licenses. The University of Pittsburgh Radiation Safety Program covers all of the main and regional campuses in addition to UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.