Research Announcements


Kim Fowler Appointed Director of Human Subjects Office, Office of Research Monday, April 10, 2017 - Kim Fowler, who has served as interim director of the Human Subjects Office since late 2015, has been appointed its director, effective April 1, 2017.
Human Subjects/IRB Required CITI Training Updated Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - CITI training requirements have been updated for Biomedical and Behavioral research.
Human Subjects Training for Graduate Student Researchers and Busy Researchers Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - Ongoing training opportunities on human subjects research are now available for graduate students and busy researchers.
New IRB Policy on Continuing Review Requirements for Non-Federal Human Subjects Research Saturday, April 1, 2017 - UGA has a new IRB policy on continuing review requirements for non-federally supported human research projects.
United States Announces New Security Protocols on Certain Inbound International Flights Friday, March 24, 2017 - The Department of Homeland Security recently announced new security protocols that impact the transport and use of personal and University of Georgia issued electronics that may be taken abroad for research, collaborative, or conference attendance purposes.
UGA Updates Research Misconduct Policy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - The UGA Research Misconduct Policy, which is applicable to all individuals at UGA conducting scientific and scholarly research, was recently updated.
Powdered Surgeon’s Gloves Banned for Research and Clinical Practice, Including Veterinary Medicine Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) has issued a final rule banning all powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves, and absorbable powder for lubricating surgical gloves intended for use by humans because these devices present an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury that cannot be corrected or eliminated by a change in labeling.
NIH Studies Now Require Good Clinical Practice Training Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - NIH recently established a policy that all NIH-funded investigators and staff who are involved in the conduct, oversight, or management of clinical trials be trained in Good Clinical Practice (GCP).
Proposal Transmittal Form Now Requires Verification of Lab Safety Compliance Monday, January 23, 2017 - The Sponsored Projects Administration Grants Transmittal Form now includes check boxes for required training in Laboratory Safety Basics.
Final Rule on Protection of Human Subjects Published in Federal Register Monday, January 23, 2017 - Federal agencies issued a final rule on the Protection of Human Subjects on Jan. 18 to update regulations that safeguard individuals who participate in research.
Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association Georgia Regional Conference, Feb. 6-8 Thursday, January 5, 2017 - The Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) will hold its Georgia Regional Conference at UGA, Feb. 6-8, 2017, at the Georgia Hotel and Conference Center.
Re-envisioning Our Culture for the Responsible Conduct of Research: November 10-11 Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Frank Macrina, Vice President for Research at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of "Scientific Integrity," will visit UGA on Nov. 10-11 to help us to re-envision our culture for the responsible conduct of research (RCR).
Human Subjects Quality Improvement Program Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - The Human Subjects Office has developed a Quality Improvement Program (QIP) to assess and respond to challenges with the administration, review, and conduct of human subjects research.
Feedback Wanted: Survey on Responsible Conduct of Research Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Provide your feedback on the current responsible conduct of research culture at UGA.
New UGA Chemical and Laboratory Safety Manual Available Online Thursday, October 13, 2016 - The updated Chemical and Laboratory Safety Manual (CLSM) provides detailed guidance and procedures outlining the safe operation of all research, teaching and public service labs owned or operated by the university.
Chemical Safety: Experimenting with Danger Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Chemical accidents in academic laboratories do happen and often simple measures such as wearing appropriate personal protective equipment or reviewing of Safety Data Sheets could have made all the difference in either preventing the accident entirely or at least lessening … Continued
Stop the Sticks: New Guidance on Use of Sharps in the Lab Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - Needles are the number one cause of exposures in the lab. The Office of Biosafety has new guidance on safe handling of sharps in the lab.
Interested in Travel/Activity in Cuba, Iran, or Other Sanctioned Countries? Plan Ahead. Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - UGA faculty anticipating travel to sanctioned countries need to plan ahead six months or more to get the necessary approvals, says the UGA Office of Export Control.
Safety Tip: Labeling Chemical Containers Monday, August 8, 2016 - The need to properly label chemical containers cannot be overestimated.
Animal Use: Controlled Substance FAQs and Templates Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - New information and templates are available to inform researchers on use of controlled substances in animal research.
Safety Tip: Preventing and Reporting Mercury Spills Friday, July 8, 2016 - Mercury spills are a common occurrence in university laboratories.
Tracking Chemicals: How to Add Chemicals to Your Inventory Friday, June 10, 2016 - If you have chemicals that were not purchased through Central Research Stores, you can manually add them to your chemical inventory.
Safety Reminder: Shipping Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - Faculty are reminded to contact the Hazardous Materials Program when shipping hazardous materials or dangerous goods off campus.
Safety Tip: Keep Track of Peroxide Formers Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Peroxide-forming compounds (peroxide formers) are among the most hazardous chemicals found in university laboratories.
Opening, Closing or Moving a Lab? Friday, May 13, 2016 - Any time a principal investigator vacates a lab, moves into a lab, or relocates to a different lab, an opening or closing form should be filed with the Office of Research Safety (ORS).
Export Control: Balancing National Security and International Engagement Thursday, April 28, 2016 - UGA's export compliance officer mitigates UGA's risk while minimizing the burden to researchers and others.
Safe Secure Science: New Policies and Training to Enhance UGA Health and Safety Friday, April 22, 2016 - New UGA policies and safety training courses aimed at promoting a culture of health and safety at UGA were announced in April.
Webinar: Big Data Research and Human Subjects Protection Friday, January 22, 2016 - Researchers with research protocols that create or use large data sets are invited to a webinar about challenges they present in protecting human subjects. The webinar on Wednesday, February 10, 1-2:30 p.m., can be viewed by individuals at their desks … Continued
New NIH Guidelines for Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules Monday, November 30, 2015 - The Office of Biosafety has recently updated its webpage with the latest information on NIH Guidelines for Recombinant or Synethetic Nucleic Acid Molecules.
New IRB Chair Announced Thursday, October 29, 2015 - The Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Subjects Office, Office of the Vice President for Research, is pleased to announce the new Chair of the IRB, Dr. Gerald E. Crites.
Research Safety and Environmental Safety Offices Reorganize Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - The offices overseeing research safety and environmental safety at UGA have reorganized to better assure compliance with UGA, local, state, and national research and environmental safety regulations.
Full Board Human Subjects Protocols to be Externally Reviewed Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - Beginning in January, the review of human subjects protocols that typically require review by the convened UGA IRB (Full Board) will be delegated to Western IRB (WIRB), a commercial IRB.
Reduced Burden for Making Significant Changes to AUPs Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - In an effort to reduce regulatory burden for investigators, the NIH and USDA recently issued new guidance regarding the review process required for significant changes (Amendments) to approved Animal Use Protocols (AUP).
New Export Control Program at UGA Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - UGA is taking deliberate steps to enhance its export control compliance program, with the goal of facilitating compliance by the research community.
IRB Streamlines Exempt Review Process Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - The University of Georgia Institutional Review Board (IRB) has instituted new procedures that streamline the review of human subjects research qualifying for exempt review.
New IRB Policies/Procedures and Form Templates Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - The University of Georgia Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved new Policies & Procedures and form templates.
Web Browser Compatability for CITI Training Monday, November 3, 2014 - UGA users of the CITI online library, which provides mandatory IRB training for Human Subjects Research, Responsible Conduct of Research training and Conflict of Interest training, will no longer be able to use the Internet (IE) 7 browser to access the library, effective March 2015.
Research Ethics Course to Meet NIH RCR Requirement Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - A course on research ethics that meets the NIH Responsible Conduct of Research requirement for T, K, and F awards will be offered this fall.
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Training Required for USDA-NIFA Awardees Monday, August 18, 2014 - The US Department of Agriculture implemented a new regulation in February, 2013 requiring all employees (PIs, Co-PIs, undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and sub-recipients) on National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awards to have appropriate training in Responsible Conduct … Continued
Artemis Training Workshop: August 14 Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - The Office of Animal Care and Use is offering a workshop on Artemis, the electronic animal use protocol submission system.
Biological Waste and the Laboratory Thursday, July 10, 2014 - How is your lab managing its waste? Autoclaving is the most dependable procedure used by researchers for the destruction of biological waste material.
Time to Update Occupational Health Information Thursday, July 10, 2014 - It is time for the Occupational Health and Safety Program’s Annual Update for those individuals currently enrolled in the program.
Continuing Education Credits Now Available on the AALAS Learning Library Thursday, July 10, 2014 - AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science) has announced that the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) has granted Registry Approved Continuing Education (RACE) CEs for 12 courses on the Library, offering a total of 15 CEs accepted by AAVSB for these courses.
Communicating Research Animal Health Issues Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - UGA researchers are reminded  to communicate any research animal health problems or concerns to your Attending Veterinarian or the IACUC in a timely manner. This is even more important in satellite facilities where the Attending Veterinarian may have little interaction … Continued
Understanding IRB Primary Contact vs. PI Friday, April 11, 2014 - The Human Subjects Office and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) would like to clarify information on IRB submissions regarding “Primary Contact.” It seems that there is some confusion about who should be listed as the Primary Contact on the protocol. … Continued
Training Available in Research Compliance Friday, April 11, 2014 - Are there areas of research compliance that you don’t understand?  Are your students confused on requirements or procedures related to federal regulation?  Does your research involve human subjects, research animals, biosafety or quality assurance? Training is now available through the … Continued
CITI IRB Training: Important Information for New Learners and Researchers with Non-UGA Collaborators Friday, March 14, 2014 - Investigators who are collaborating with individuals not affiliated with UGA or any institution with an IRB (e.g., local schools and private doctors’ clinics), must inform collaborators to contact the Human Subjects Office (see contact information below) to obtain an affiliate … Continued
Animal Care and Use Policy Review: New and Revised Monday, February 17, 2014 - Several new and revised animal care and use policies were made over the last year by the UGA IACUC in response to important changes to key benchmark documents.
Compliance Office Moves Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - The Office of Animal Care and Use and the Office of Human Subjects are moving to new administrative spaces.
Compliance Committee Throughput Metrics Now Available Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - The use of Animal Care (Artemis) and Human Subjects (IRB Click) software solutions are allowing the tracking, measuring, and reporting of compliance protocol approval times.  Average throughput times for the IACUC are now available for Calendar Year 2013. For example, the overall … Continued