The Office of Research and Engagement is proud to introduce Integrity, a newsletter created to enhance communication and transparency related to our infrastructures for compliance and safety.
Our first issue focuses on our reliance on shared governance models and the many faculty and non-ORE staff who lead and participate in UT’s compliance and safety oversight activities. Some of the newer committees include those focused on research conflicts of interest led by John Zomchick, and laser safety led by James Parks. The Biosafety Committee, led by Jun Lin, and an associated working group has been active in developing a new set of recommendations to ensure that we enhance our institutional approach to increase awareness and training activities for the use of potentially pathogenic biologics in academic teaching situations.
Recently the Institutional Review Board, led by Colleen Gilrane, has been working intently to improve the infrastructures that support human subjects research and leading the campus through the navigation of the new software application, iMedRIS. Collectively, the work that is being performed by our committees through this shared governance model is solidifying our foundation on our journey to become a Top 25 research university.
I look forward to working with all of you in 2015.
Dr. Robert Nobles
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research