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imageRESEARCH OFFICES & COMMITTEES

There are many offices and committees at Washington University that are responsible for issues related to research administration, management, and compliance. Below is a consolidated, descriptive listing of offices and committees along with links to additional information for each entity.

You may also locate entities by subject area via the Compliance Are​as​ section of this site.


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Center for Clinical Studies
The Center for Clinical Studies (CCS), also known as the Center for Applied Research Sciences (CARS), negotiates pharmaceutical-industry sponsored clinical trial contracts for Washington University Medical School and its affiliated hospitals. In addition, CCS offers clinical investigators a wide range of purchasable services to support both the clinical and administrative aspects of conducting clinical studies. These services include clinical study coordinator services, regulatory and IRB submissions, budget estimates, information services support, and patient recruitment


Committee on Research Integrity
The Committee on Research Integrity (CRI) responds to, reviews, and resolves allegations of research misconduct against researchers, staff, and students at Washington University as promptly and fairly as possible. Allegations of research misconduct should be made directly to the Research Integrity Officer, Aubrey Morrison, M.D. 314.454.8495, the Research Ethics and Compliance Office 314.362.2709 | reco@wusm.wustl.edu, or the Vice Chancellor for Research at 314.747.0515.  More...

imageConflicts of Interest Review Committee
Formerly the Disclosure Review Committee, the Conflicts of Interest Review Committee (CIRC) for the Danforth Campus and the Schoo​l of Medicine help to assure compliance with Federal regulations and University and sponsoring agency policies and procedures governing financial conflicts of interest. The CIRC evaluates personal financial interests disclosed by university investigators and staff and provides communication and education regarding conflicts of interest to raise community awareness and assure that conflicts are identified, disclosed, and managed properly. More...


Contracts
See Joint Research Office of Contracts​

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Disclosure Review Committee
See Conflicts of Interest Review Committee

Division of Comparative Medicine
The Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) is responsible for providing routine animal husbandry, veterinary clinical care, and professional, technical, and facilities support for all animal research projects. DCM coordinates with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to provide communication, education, and training for researchers, staff, and new IACU​C members and to assure that research involving animals is in compliance with Federal regulations and University and sponsoring agency policies and procedures.

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Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee
Washington University provides Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Guidelines to support investigators engaged in human embryonic stem cell research, assure the responsible conduct of human embryonic stem cell research and comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. In order to provide appropriate oversight of human embryonic stem cell research, Washington University has established the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (ESCRO). More...

Environmental Health & Safety
The
department of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) provides leadership for University health and safety programs; establishes, monitors, and enforces institutional policies and procedures; and helps ensure that investigators, staff, students, and contractors comply with all Federal, State, and local environmental, health, and safety regulatory standards and codes, including University policies and procedures. EH&S provides education and guidance on environmental health and safety issues, including work practices and activities involving hazardous and regulated materials, equipment, and environments. EH&S is comprised of four divisions: Biological & Chemical Safety, Environmental Compliance, Safety & Emergency Preparedness, and Radiation Safety.


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Grants
See
Office of Sponsored Research Services.


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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
The HIPAA Privacy Compliance Office is responsible for compliance with HI​PAA regulations on privacy related to the internal use and external disclosure of protected health information (PHI). 

The HIPAA Security Compliance Office is responsible for compliance with HIPAA regulations on electronic and physical security related to internal use and external disclosure of protected health information (PHI). For additional information, please visit Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Human Research Protection Office
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Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) administers ten independent Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), which review and approve protocols for all research at Washington University involving human participants. HRPO also administers Washington University’s Human Subjects Education Program.  

Human Research Quality Assurance Program
The Human Research Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Program (HR QA/QI) performs on-site monitoring of open human research protocols to help assure compliance with Federal regulations and University and sponsoring agency policies and procedures governing the use of human research participants. The HR QA/QI Committee oversees all HR QA/QI monitoring activities and assesses findings.

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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees and evaluates animal care and use programs, procedures, and facilities at Washington University, including provisioning of animal care education, certification, and protocol approval. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) coordinates with the Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) to provide communication, education, and training for researchers, staff, and new IACUC members and to assure that research involving animals is in compliance with Federal regulations and University and sponsoring agency policies and procedures.

Institutional Biological & Chemical Safety Committee
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Institutional Biological & Chemical Safety Committee (IBC) is responsible for ensuring that research carried out at WUSTL is conducted in a safe and responsible manner. The IBC oversees research involving recombinant DNA, infectious or potentially infectious agents, and/or hazardous chemicals.

Institutional Review Board
The Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) administers ten independent Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), which review and approve protocols for all research at Washington University involving human participants. HRPO also administers Washington University’s Human Subjects Education Programs.

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Office of Physician Billing Compliance
The Office of Physician Billing Compliance (OPBC) is responsible for physician and non-physician practitioner billing issues, including teaching physician services, documentation, CPT, and ICD-9 coding guidelines, reimbursement requirements, and health care billing fraud and abuse. The OPBC conducts internal audits for 80 clinical departments/divisions and physician practices in the medical school and provides education to faculty and staff regarding billing compliance standards. The OPBC also publishes a newsletter, Compliance Matters, that focuses on billing of professional services and provides an additional forum for compliance education, one of the OPBC's primary purposes.


Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
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Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) serves as a focal point for the postdoctoral community at the Washington University School of Medicine and as an advocate for postdoc issues.


Office of Sponsored Research Services
The Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS), formerly known as the Research Office (RO) and Grants & Contracts (G&C), reviews and provides institutional signature for all WUSTL proposals, grants, and university-wide contract administration for non-clinical contracts. In addition, the Office of Sponsored Research Services is responsible for monitoring of compliance with Federal regulations and University and sponsoring agency policies and procedures regarding the management of non-financial aspects of sponsored programs. The Office of Sponsored Research Services provides communication, education, and training on proposal preparation, award management, and contracts and sub-agreements to the Washington University research community.


Office of Technology Management
The Office of Technology Management (OTM) manages the intellectual property portfolio of the University and promotes the transfer of University technology for public use. In addition, OTM handles all Material Transfer Agreements (MTA) and negotiates non-human participant related, industry-sponsored contracts for Washington University.


Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) promotes and facilitates research by undergraduates at Washington University. OUR facilitates undergraduate research by maintaining a knowledge base of available opportunities, by uniting students and mentors, and by assisting with funding. OUR promotes undergraduate research by providing forums for presentation of research, by assisting students to make effective presentations, and by informing the Washington University community of these activities.

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Radiation Safety Committee
The
Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) works with executive management and the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) to implement the radiation safety program, and to evaluate new users and new uses of all radioactive materials at Washington University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The RSC is responsible for reviewing personnel dosimetry, users’ compliance records and the effectiveness of the radiation safety program.

Radioactive Drug Research Committee
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Radioactive Drug Research Committee (RDRC) works with the Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) and the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) in reviewing human research involving radioactive drugs. The RDRC ensures this kind of human research meets Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements (21 CFR 361.1).

Research Administration
Research Administration is headed by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration (AVCRA) in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The AVCRA supports the research enterprise at WUSTL via the development and implementation of institutional research-related policies and procedures, the design and delivery of educational programs and communication tools to disseminate research-related information, the management of sponsored ​research projects, the development and implementation of research technology, and the coordination of institutional research compliance activities. For more information, see the Research Administration Organizationa​l Chart.

Research Education and Information
Research Education and Information (REI) provides research-related educational programs, events, and learning tools in a number of areas for Washington University faculty and staff. For a schedule of upcoming educational events, please visit the Research Events Calendar. REI also coordinates research-related communications initiatives, services, and tools for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. 

Research Ethics and Compliance Office
The Research Ethics and Compliance Office (RECO) provides administrative support to the Disclosure Review Committees of the School of Medicine and Danforth Campus, the Committee on Research Integrity (CRI), and the Embryonic Stem Cell Oversight (ESCRO) Committee. In addition, RECO develops and provides information, tools, and services to support the Washington University research community in upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct and assuring the integrity of the research process. 

Research Office
See Office of Sponsored Research Services.

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Sponsored Projects Accounting
Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA) serves as financial intermediaries between sponsoring agencies and Washington University Principal Investigators. SPA provides institutional signature for sponsored financial reports and is the primary source for interpretation of Federal regulations and University and sponsoring agency policies and procedures governing incurring, reimbursing, and reporting costs under sponsored-research agreements. SPA provides communication, education, and training on the financial administration of sponsored projects.

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University Compliance Office
The
University Compliance Office exercises independent oversight of the adequacy of compliance activities at Washington University and reports its findings to the Audit Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees. Areas reviewed by the Compliance Office include, but are not limited to, research, conflicts of interest, human resources, environmental health and safety, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
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Vice Chancellor for Research
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Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) is responsible for directing and guiding Washington University's research mission. Through the formulation of compliance entities, policies, procedures, systems, and educational programs that support research and related activities, the VCR promotes the development and implementation of high quality research initiatives and establishes and maintains a culture of compliance among faculty, students, and staff involved in research and related activities.  

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