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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 http://www.utexas.edu/research/rsc/coi/training.html.
  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 evpp_coi@austin.utexas.edu or call Mike Kerker, Associate Vice Provost at (512) 471-2694.

Reorganizing to Enhance Service

The University of Texas at Austin (UT) — awarded full AAHRPP accreditation on March 17 — has expanded and reorganized its Office of Research Support, assigning new staff members to specific research disciplines to strengthen relationships  with faculty and enhance their understanding of human research protections.

When the reorganization is complete, the Office of Research Support will have four dedicated, professional IRB staff members. Each will be assigned, in accordance with his or her qualifications, to several of the following disciplines: pharmacy, sociology, psychology, kinesiology, biomedical engineering, nursing, social work, educational psychology, curriculum and instruction, advertising, marketing, government, chemistry, anthropology, communication sciences and disorders, human ecology, and special education, among others.  The changes will enable the office to better meet the needs of faculty, particularly those in the social and behavioral sciences, who often find it more difficult to apply human research protection regulations to their protocols. Under the reorganization, faculty will know precisely with whom to consult on specific questions. They also can be confident that their assigned staff member has both the appropriate credentials and the knowledge of the research protocol in question.

According to Lisa Leiden, Ph.D., C.I.P., Director, Office of Research Support, the expansion and reorganization were prompted, in part, by UT’s preparation for its recent AAHRPP accreditation site visit. “As part of that process, we met with faculty to discuss our compliance efforts and ways that our office could serve them better,” Dr. Leiden explains.

“Based on their feedback, we developed what we believe is a more customer-friendly approach, one that will make a significant difference for faculty while increasing institutional awareness of the research that we review.” She views the new organizational structure as an opportunity to help faculty understand human research protection regulations, work with them to minimize the risks and increase the potential benefits of research protocols and, above all, safeguard research participants. She also envisions increased, mutual appreciation.

“When you’re involved in research, it’s what you live and breathe, and you want this office to feel similarly involved,” Dr. Leiden says. “You want your calls answered by someone who is familiar with your research and committed to helping you proceed in the right direction. You want customer service, which is exactly what these changes are designed to provide.”

From the Summer 2006 AAHRPP Advance. Full PDF available from AAHRPP.