Office of Research Compliance

The Office of Research Compliance works with offices responsible for specific components of research compliance and university research oversight committees such as the Institutional Review Board, Institutional Biosafety, Institutional Animal Care and Use, and the Financial Conflict of Interest committees to ensure the responsible conduct of research and compliance with university policies and federal regulations related to research activity. The office oversees development and implementation of policies, procedures, and educational activities which satisfy university policies, state, and federal regulations governing the conduct of research. The Office of Research Compliance is responsible for monitoring regulatory updates and making recommendations to the university to ensure compliance.

North Texas Regional Institutional Review Board

The North Texas Regional Institutional Review Board (IRB) operates a regional human research protection program to review and approve all research involving human subjects. This program has two important components: the supporting unit for Protecting Human Subjects (often called the “IRB Office”) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Visit the North Texas Regional Institutional Review Board.

 

Announcing the Reactivation of Post-Approval Monitoring for Human Subjects Research Studies at HSC

The Office of Research Compliance, in conjunction with the North Texas Regional Institutional Review Board (NTR IRB), is pleased to announce the re-activation of its Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM) Program for Human Subject Research studies, beginning in June 2021. PAM visits and reviews will be conducted by our Research Compliance Officer (RCO). A friendly note that the primary goal of these PAM visits are in no way meant to be punitive in nature, or try to catch individuals of any wrongdoing; instead, these are designed as a way to confirm that the research project(s) is/are being conducted as approved as well as provide an educational platform (for both the PI as well as the RCO/ORC) in the event that any noncompliance is identified.

The Office of Research Compliance, in addition to the North Texas Regional IRB, are committed to providing researchers with the appropriate tools and resources needed for their research successes, while ensuring compliance with all federal, as well as institutional, regulations and policies. Additional information and guidance regarding the ORC PAM program for human subject studies can be here:

Overview of Post Approval Monitoring for Human Subject Research Studies at HSC

For any questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact the RCO, Anna Laurent at Anna.Laurent@unthsc.edu or Tania Ghani (Director of Research Compliance) at Tania.Ghani@unthsc.edu

 

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The University of North Texas Health Science Center Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee is a research oversight committee charged with the responsibility of ensuring the proper care and use of animals in research, testing, and education. The IACUC also provides assistance to investigators in fulfilling their obligation to plan and conduct animal experiments in accord with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles. Note that the IACUC is different from DLAM which manages and maintains animals used in research.

Visit the Animal Research website.

Research Conflict of Interest

The term “conflict of interest in research” refers to situations in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising a researcher’s professional judgment in conducting or reporting research.

Federal regulations, state laws and University policies recognize that researchers may have financial interests in research sponsors and/or in entities with business interests closely related to their research.

UNTHSC is committed to ensuring an open and productive environment in teaching, patient care, and research. However, the ever-increasing complexity of our society and the various relationships between researchers and outside institutions require attention to ensure the avoidance of real or apparent conflict of interest issues.

To assist researchers manage and navigate this often complex area, the Office of Research Compliance has developed training programs, policies and procedures to try and keep this “simple but correct.”

Visit the Research Conflict of Interest website.

Contact

Tania Ghani, MS, CIP
Director, Research Compliance
(817) 735-2038
Tania.Ghani@unthsc.edu

This page was last modified on June 1, 2021