Education Overview

Clinical Research Orientation

Clinical Research Orientation is required education for new researchers and experienced researchers new to UH. Following are some of the topics covered Upon completion attendees will have an understanding of IRB processes and institutional and federal policies relating to the responsible conduct of research.

Consider using the following as an onboarding tool: Clinical Research Curriculum Competency Checklist (PDF).

Introduction to Human Subjects Research

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Obtain an understanding of the Federal research regulatory organizations and their role in regulating human research participation.
  • The roles and responsibilities of the IRB.
  • The role of the UH Clinical Research Center in facilitating research at UH.

IRB Review Process

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • How and when to apply for IRB review.
  • UH policies and procedures pertaining to human subject research.
  • IRB submission and review process.
  • Use of protected health information (PHI) in human subject research (HIPAA Privacy Rule).
  • Red flags and potential problem areas in research submissions.

Informed Consent

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Informed consent as a process, not simply a document.
  • The requirements of informed consent document including applicable Federal Regulations and UH IRB Policies.
  • The purpose and importance of obtaining informed consent from research participants.
  • The importance and process for documenting the informed consent process
  • The process of enrolling research participants who cannot provide consent for themselves (e.g., minors, decisionally impaired).

Grants and Contracts

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • The services performed by the Pre-Award and Post-Award Offices in the UH Clinical Research Center.
  • Why all research grants and contacts are reviewed by the Office of Grants and Contracts.
  • How to set up a grant account
  • How to develop a research study budget.
  • Research patient billing.

Event Reporting

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • The definition of an Adverse Event (AE) and a Serious Adverse Event (SAE).
  • The definition of a protocol deviation and unanticipated problem.
  • Reporting requirements for AEs, SAEs, protocol deviations and unanticipated problems.
  • The difference between an internal and external event.

Study Activities and Compliance

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • The different roles and responsibilities of members on the research team.
  • The tools and documents available for managing a clinical research study.
  • What happens during a “monitor visit” and how to prepare.
  • Drug and/or device accountability
  • The critical documents required for the regulatory binder and maintenance to ensure compliance
  • Scientific misconduct.
  • The consequences of non-compliance with Human Subjects Regulations
  • The role of the UH Compliance and Ethics Committee.
  • The role of the UH Office of Research Compliance and availability of investigator support.

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