IRB Contacts

The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) works closely with investigators and the North Texas Regional Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure subject’s welfare and research compliance with federal regulations. You may contact us for assistance or guidance regarding human subject research and IRB review. Please schedule an appointment to ensure staff availability. For general questions and guidance, please call 817-735-0409. Please send fax correspondence to 817-735-0124.

Brian A. Gladue, Ph.D., CIP – Vice President for Research, Institutional Official, Executive Director for the North Texas Regional IRB 

Ph: (817) 735-5083 – Email:

Tania C. Ghani, MS, CIP – Director, Office of Research Compliance

Ph: (817) 735-2038 – Email:

Itzel Peña Pérez, MS, CIP – Assistant Director, North Texas Regional IRB

Ph: (817) 735-0673 – Email:

Coordinator for social-behavioral and biomedical research projects; and conducts Spanish translations and verifications for research projects involving human subjects.

Jessica Bird – Research Compliance Manager

Ph: (817) 735-2081 – Email:

Deb Ceron – Senior Research Compliance Manager

Ph: (817) 735-5483 – Email:

Coordinator for all FDA industry-sponsored and federal government (NIH, CDC) clinical trials.

Christine KeasSenior Administrative Coordinator

Ph: (817) 735-0409 – Email:

Amanda Oglesby, MS, CIP Research Compliance Manager

Ph: (817) 735-5457 – Email:

Coordinator for biomedical and social-behavioral research projects.

Alyson Stearns, CIP – Research Compliance Manager

Ph: (817) 735-0428 – Email:

Office Hours 

Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm

The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) – North Texas Regional IRB is located on the first floor of Center for Biohealth (CBH) Suite 160. Our mail-in address is 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd Fort Worth, TX 76107. Please address mail with attention to the Office of Research Compliance / North Texas Regional IRB. You may contact us at 817-735-0409. Please send fax correspondence to 817-735-0124.

We are always willing to provide assistance to investigators regarding current or prospective research protocols. Please schedule an appointment to ensure staff availability.

All documents and correspondence for the North Texas Regional IRB can be dropped off during business hours (8am-5pm) at the front desk of ORC with Ms. Christine Keas.


The North Texas Regional IRB is a committee of highly-qualified individuals with various backgrounds and areas of expertise to promote complete and adequate review of human subject research activities including those which involve vulnerable subjects. In addition, the board has the expertise and capacity, as required by federal regulations, to review prisoner research.


ORC is organized within the Division of Research & Innovation at UNTHSC. As such, we collaborate with the Office of Clinical Trials and the Office of Grants and Contract Management in coordinating human subject research at UNTHSC, and the Office of Clinical Research at John Peter Smith Health Network. Click the Division of Research & Innovation Directory link for a listing of the Division of Research & Innovation.

This page was last modified on November 13, 2019