ORC Contacts

ORC staff works closely with investigators and the North Texas Regional Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and the Research Conflict of Interest Committee to ensure research compliance with federal regulations in addition to institutional policies. You may contact us for assistance or guidance regarding your human subject or animal research project or research conflict of interest issue. Please schedule an appointment to ensure staff availability, or send an email to the appropriate staff member (see below). For general questions and guidance, please call 817-735-0409. Please send fax correspondence to 817-735-0124.

COVID-19 UPDATE: We are currently living in extraordinary and unprecedented times but would like our research community to rest assured that we continue to be here for you and ready to address any research compliance related question. Given the current situation though, we ask that researchers please contact ORC staff by email first (see below for directory). Any web or phone-based meeting(s), or general phone calls can then be set up. For human subject researchers, you may also email us at NorthTexRegIRB@unthsc.edu.


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

Ph: (817) 735-2038- Email: Tania.Ghani@unthsc.edu

Oversees the research compliance operations and committees within UNTHSC which includes the North Texas Regional Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Research Conflict of Interest Committee and is the Institution’s Research Integrity Officer. Additionally, conducts IRB reviews for biomedical and social-behavioral human subject research projects.


Itzel Peña Pérez, MS, CIP – Director, NTRIRB

Ph: (817) 735-0673 – Email: Itzel.Pena@unthsc.edu

Oversees the daily operation of the North Texas Regional IRB who provides review services to various institutions across North Texas. Additionally, reviews social-behavioral and biomedical research projects; conducts Spanish translations and verifications for research projects involving human subjects.


Christina Aguilar, CPIA Senior IACUC Administrator

Ph: (817) 735-2533 – Email: Christina.Aguilar@unthsc.edu

Coordinates IACUC functions including protocol reviews, audits and inspections.


Jessica Bird, MCRC, CIP – Assistant Director, NTRIRB

Ph: (817) 735-2081 – Email: Jessica.Bird@unthsc.edu

Assists with overseeing the daily operations of the North Texas Regional IRB; reviews biomedical and social-behavioral research projects; and is the institution’s ClinicalTrials.gov Administrator.


Amanda Oglesby, MS, CIP IRB Compliance Manager

Ph: (817) 735-5457 – Email: Amanda.Oglesby@unthsc.edu

Coordinator for biomedical and social-behavioral research projects.


Stacy Abraham, MPH – IRB Compliance Manager

Ph: (817) 735-5483 – Email: Stacy.Abraham@unthsc.edu


Anna Laurent, MS – Research Compliance Officer

Ph: (817) 735-0491 – Email: Anna.Laurent@unthsc.edu

Supports RCOI functions and conducts Post Approval Monitoring (PAM) for HSC human subjects research.


Karina Garcia IACUC Administrator

Ph: (817) 735-2742 – Email: Karina.Garcia@unthsc.edu


Eleanor Knutson, MA Research Compliance Assistant

Ph: (817) 735-0409 – Email: Eleanor.Knutson@unthsc.edu

Provides administrative support across all areas of Research Compliance


 

Office Hours 

Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm

NEW INFORMATION: The Office of Research Compliance (ORC), which includes the North Texas Regional Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and Research Conflict of Interest, has relocated from the Center for BioHealth to the 6th floor of 550 Bailey Avenue. Our mailing address continues to be 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd Fort Worth, TX 76107. Please address mail with attention to the Office of Research Compliance. You may contact us at 817-735-0409. Please send fax correspondence to 817-735-0124. For human subject researchers, you may also reach us at NorthTexRegIRB@unthsc.edu.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE: In light of COVID-19, we ask researchers to contact the appropriate ORC staff member by email first (see directory below for specifics). For human subject researchers, you may also reach us at NorthTexRegIRB@unthsc.edu. Researchers can then make arrangements with staff for a conference call and/or web/phone-based meeting(s).


DIVISION OF RESEARCH & INNOVATION DIRECTORY

ORC is organized within the Division of Research & Innovation. As such, we collaborate with other appropriate offices within the Division (e.g., Office of Sponsored Programs) in coordinating human subject research at UNTHSC. Click the Division of Research & Innovation Directory link for a listing of the Division of Research & Innovation Office.