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ResearchWaves: January 2013

ResearchWaves is published every other month, and is the internal publication of the Office of Research.  Content features research-related news of interest for and about Medical Center faculty, staff, and students.

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Eleven Selected for MSRP Program; Deadline for MSRP Summer Student Research Fellowship February 11

Eleven students were chosen for the Medical Student Research Program (MSRP). These students will work on a research study with their mentor throughout the remainder of their medical school education. Students receive a $5,000 grant to be used towards research materials and supplies along with travel to attend a national meeting. Please join us in congratulating the following students and their mentors:

Cody Branch
Dr. Andrew Smith, Radiology
John Bridges
Dr. Gwin Windham, Geriatrics
Dr. Michael Griswold, Center for Biostatistics
James D. Carson
Dr. Andrew Smith, Radiology
Clifford Coile
Dr. Guri Tzivion, Cancer Institute
Khang Dang
Dr. Ralph Didlake, Center for Bioethics
Jeffrey Hooker
Dr. Judy James, Radiology
Leland Husband
Dr. Robert Hester, Physiology & Biophysics
Rupesh Patel
Dr. Richard O'Callaghan, Microbiology
Anna Pavlov
Dr. Peter Arnold, Surgery
Brittany Simpson
Dr. Gwin Windham, Geriatrics
James Thompson
Dr. Gailen Marshall, Immunology


Applications for the MSRP Summer Student Research Fellowship are due February 11. The Summer MSRP option is a 10-week paid research experience between the M1 and M2 years. The summer MSRP option must be completed before applying for the full MSRP option. Click here for more information and to download an application >>

Intramural Research Program Applications Due March 1

The Intramural Research Support Program (IRSP) provides support to UMMC faculty to pursue a research project or provide bridge funding. Up to $30,000 may be requested over a 12-month project period. Completed applications are due to the Office of Research by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013. Please note that protocols must be submitted to the respective review committees (e.g. IRB, IACUC, IBC and Radiation Safety) by the application deadline; applicants who have not submitted protocols by this time will not be considered for funding. Proposals selected for award will be allowed no more than 30 days after the anticipated award date to obtain assurance approvals. Click here for additional information and to download the application form >>

Grant Policy Updates

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

IACUC Announces Updates to Policies and New Forms

  • The Animal Activity Protocol Form has been revised to facilitate completion by PIs and review by committee members, as well as incorporate new recommendations in the 8th Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The revised form and appendices are available on the IACUC website.  
  • A new appendix has been added to the Appendices list: Appendix M - Non-Pharmaceutical-Grade Compounds. This appendix is designed to capture the information required to meet the recommendation in the 8th Edition of the Guide.
  • A new Policy Statement on the Use on Non-Pharmaceutical-Grade Chemicals/Compounds in Laboratory Animals was approved January 15, 2013 that provides additional information about the use of non-pharmaceutical-grade chemicals/compounds in general and specifically notes a few commonly used in animal research.
  • A Change of Principal Investigator form has been added to the forms index.
  • The Annual Continuing Review Form was revised to include a Final Report component to capture data from studies at completion of a third year of activities or at the closure of a study.
  • Another policy added to meet the recommendations in the 8th Edition of the Guide is The Policy Statement for Social Housing on Nonhuman Primates, effective December 18, 2012.

Have questions? Contact the IACUC at 5-5006 or visit their website.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Human Research Office Hosting Informational Sessions

The Human Research Office is hosting informational sessions on the Institutional Review Board submission process. Topics will vary weekly and include utilizing IDEATE for all level users, guidance in completing applications and Q&A with HRO staff and IRB members. All staff and faculty conducting or planning to conduct research studies are encouraged to attend. Sessions begin on January 24th in S123 from 3-4 p.m. and will be offered every Thursday until Feb. 28.

Have questions? Contact the IRB at 4-2815 or visit their website.

Research Integrity and Compliance

Did You Know...
If a research study monitor is scheduled for an on-site visit or arrives unannounced, they should check in with the Office of Integrity and Compliance as soon as they arrive on campus. For more information, please review the Protocol for External Auditors

Have questions? Contact the Office of Integrity and Compliance at 5-3944 or visit their website.