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The Office of Research Support (ORS) does not administer or oversee HOP policy 5-2011 or training related to the policy. ORS administers HOP policy 7-1210, “Promoting Objectivity in Research by Managing, Reducing or Eliminating Financial Conflicts of Interest” so if you conduct research and have:

  1. Not submitted a Financial Interest Disclosure (FID), you will need to complete mandatory training and file a FID. Instructions for completing these requirements are located at
  2. Previously submitted a FID, you are not required to complete additional training nor re-disclose the same information to comply with the UTS 180/HOP 5-2011 policy requirements.   However, you may have other responsibilities under that policy.

HOP policy 5-2011 QUESTIONS? Contact the Provost’s Office or call Mike Kerker, Associate Vice Provost at (512) 471-2694.

Storage of Genetic Material

Some studies require the collection and storage of biological specimens.  All specimens will be processed for storage, catalogued and placed in a secured facility at The University of Texas at Austin, or another site.   All identifying information, including name and any identifying numbers, will be removed from the specimen and will not be retained.  As a result, it will be impossible to connect the subject with the specimen.  Some basic information such as age, gender, and diagnosis may be retained with the specimen.  There is no cost to the subject or subject's insurance company for the storage and use of the specimen.

Many research studies in which the specimen may be used have not yet been determined. Some studies may involve genetic research. Genetic research is about finding the specific location of genes on chromosomes, learning how genes work, and developing treatments and cures for diseases that are genetically based.  Since it is impossible to connect subject with the specimen, subjects will not be contacted in the future about any planned studies involving the specimen. However, all such studies must be reviewed and approved by the IRB. The specimen may be shared with researchers and will be stored indefinitely.

Please see the Section 17.1 of the Policies and Procedures manual for additional information