Office of Research Services Oversees the administrative support of the University's externally funded research and is responsible for implementation of University policies established for this purpose.
Office of Clinical Research Seeks to promote human research for the advancement of healthcare while ensuring the highest level of research participant safety and facilitating the highest quality research.
Center for Bioethics Seeking to advance scholarly and public understanding of ethical, legal, social and public policy issues in health care.
University Laboratory Animal Resources Handles care and husbandry of laboratory animals. Access to the ULAR web site is restricted to those users who are attempting to view it from an ON-CAMPUS computer. For further information, contact ULAR via
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Human Subjects (IRB) Links
Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) Formerly the Office for Protection from Research Risks (OPRR). OHRP has primary responsibility for developing, monitoring and overseeing compliance with Health and Human Service (HHS) regulations for the protection of human subjects in research conducted or supported by any component of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the NIH; see also:
President's Council on Bioethics - Advises the President on bioethical issues that may emerge as a consequence of advances in biomedical science and technology. In connection with its advisory role, the mission of the Council includes the following functions: to undertake fundamental inquiry into the human and moral significance of developments in biomedical and behavioral science and technology; to explore specific ethical and policy questions related to these developments; to provide a forum for a national discussion of bioethical issues; to facilitate a greater understanding of bioethical issues; and to explore possibilities for useful international collaboration on bioethical issues.
Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Human Genetics Research. Part of the Human Genome Project (HGP), the ELSI Program seeks to identify, analyze and addres the ethical, legal and social implications of human genetics research at the same time that the basic scientific issues are being studied.
The IRB Discussion Forum - (previously known as "MCWIRB") promotes the discussion of ethical, regulatory and policy concerns with human subjects research.
AAHRPP - The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc., (AAHRPP) works to protect the rights and welfare of research participants and promote scientifically meritorious and ethically sound research by fostering and advancing the ethical and professional conduct of persons and organizations that engage in research with human participants. AAHRPP achieves its mission by using an accreditation process based on self-assessment, peer review, and education.
IACUC Tutorial - A web-based tutorial for new animal care and use committee members, institutional administrators, investigators, animal care personnel, veterinarians, or others who are interested in learning about the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
AAALAC International - The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) programs..
AALAS - The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, an organization of animal care technicians, veterinarians and other interested in laboratory animal welfare.
AWIC - The Animal Welfare Information Center, maintained by the USDA, provides access to databases on alternatives for animal use.
Controlled Substances Act - The Controlled Substances Act (CSA), Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, is the legal foundation of the government's fight against the abuse of drugs and other substances.
Foundation for Biomedical Research - Dedicated to improving human and animal health by promoting public understanding and support for the humane and responsible use of animals in medical and scientific research
Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR) The goal of the PSBR is to educate Pennsylvanians about biomedical research and the importance of using animals to improve the health and well being of both humans and animals.
USDA APHIS - The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the arm of the US Department of Agriculture charged with the regulatory enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act.