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Research Live: Compliance, Integrity & Safety Archives

“Research security: What it means for the UGA community”

Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.


  • Dan Runge, director, Research Security & Export Control, Office of Research
  • Marty Bink, facility security officer, Office of Research

Join Dan Runge and Marty Bink from the Office of Research for a presentation about the role of research security in the responsible conduct of research and all federal research funding. Specific topics will include U.S. government concerns regarding research security and UGA’s response; an intro to National Security Presidential Memorandum-33 and its “Research Security Program” requirements; information for investigators about international shipping and other compliance issues; and UGA’s efforts to position itself for additional research contracts from security-minded federal agencies.

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Improving Community Engagement and Other Goals of UGA’s Human Research Program

Friday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m.


  • Kim Fowler, director, Human Subjects Office, Office of Research
  • Jessica Lasebikan, assistant director, HSO
  • Kim Fernandez, compliance professional, HSO

UGA’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) has added capacity and is pursuing important improvement goals. This session will describe current and future activities aimed at improving community engagement in UGA research; providing support to graduate students and new faculty conducting human research; and improving efficiency and response time for human-subjects proposals and IRB submissions.

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What’s New in Research Integrity & Safety

Friday, March 11, 11 a.m.


  • Chris King, associate vice president, Office of Research Integrity & Safety
  • Kim Fowler, director, Human Subjects Office
  • Gene Pope, director, Conflicts of Interest
  • Brandon Foskey, assistant director, Research Safety

Description: In this session, leaders from the Office of Research Integrity and Safety will provide an update on priorities and new initiatives out of ORIS. Topics will include UGA’s new conflict of interest management program; restructuring and expansion of the Human Subjects Office; implementation of the university’s new policy regarding the presence of minors in research spaces; and other news.

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“Community-based participatory research: 4 – Selection, inclusion & access”

Tuesday, April 27, 1 p.m.


  • Kim Fowler, director, Human Subjects Office, Office of Research
  • Bernadette Heckman, professor and director of clinical training, Mary Frances Early College of Education
  • Danielle Lambert, postdoctoral associate in epidemiology & biostatistics, College of Public Health
  • Henry Young, Kroger Professor of clinical & administrative pharmacy, College of Pharmacy

Description: This is the fourth in a series of presentations about incorporating CBPR into your research program. Inclusion and access to research are important values of the Human Research Protection Program and one of the main goals for the CBPR series. Researchers have a foundational role in broadening the scope and involvement of volunteers, subjects, ideas, etc., in the various fields of research. This session will discuss what researchers can do to ensure proper selection, inclusion and access in the research community. In continuation with previous sessions, we will hear from individuals in the community who have relevant experiences with these three notions.

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“Community-based participatory research: 3 – Matchmaking & community needs”

Tuesday, April 6, 1 p.m.


  • Kim Fowler, director, Human Subjects Office, Office of Research
  • Alison Berg, associate professor and Extension nutrition & health specialist, College of Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Shana Jones, planning & environmental services unit program manager, Carl Vinson Institute of Government
  • Sharon Liggett, operations coordinator, UGA Archway Partnership

Description: This is the third in a series of presentations about incorporating CBPR into your research program. This session will provide examples of how UGA researchers can recognize, address and meet the research community’s needs in their work. We recognize the importance of discussion about community needs, from methods of policy implementation to inclusion and representativeness. We will examine the components involved in matchmaking and gaining an understanding of community needs from a variety of research disciplines. We will discover ways for researchers and students new to community engagement to connect with these concepts.

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“Community-based Participatory Research: Connecting With Your Community”


  • Kim Fowler, director, Human Subjects Office, Office of Research
  • Steve Kogan, Athletic Association Professor of Human Development, College of Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Pamela Orpinas, professor of health promotion & behavior, College of Public Health
  • Megan Bramlett, PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Athens Well-Being Project

Description: This session will provide attendees with examples of how UGA researchers have successfully engaged communities in research development, conduct and post-project dissemination of results. From input on consent document drafts to delivery of research interventions for underrepresented populations, UGA researchers have managed the challenges of connecting to communities and populations, and you’ll hear directly from faculty about their experiences. The session will also discuss the role of the Human Research Protection Program and the IRB in navigating regulation and policy requirements, as well as answer audience questions.

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Due to internet connection issues during this webinar, parts of the event may not have been recorded.

“Cooperative Research & IRB Review”

Friday, March 12, 11 a.m.

Presenter: Katherine Bright, senior compliance officer, Human Subjects Office

Description: This session will provide attendees with an explanation of the new regulatory requirement for use of single IRBs when conducting collaborative human subjects research. Katherine Bright will provide a review of the regulatory requirements of the single IRB review mandate as well as information about how and when the mandate applies. The session will outline UGA’s process for evaluation of sIRB studies and provide tips on how best to approach the IRB review of cooperative research to ensure efficiency and compliance.

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“Overview of the Research Occupational Health Program”

Friday, March 5, 11 a.m.


  • Lisa Kelly, director, Research Integrity & Safety Support Services
  • Jenney Roundtree, occupational health nurse, Research Integrity & Safety Support Services

Description: This session will provide attendees with an overview of the Research Occupational Health Program, which recently was expanded to include an on-site clinic for the provision of free occupational health services to keep UGA’s research community safe. The session will explain program enrollment and the provision of common preventative health care services, as well as answer audience questions about the use of UGA’s Professional Education Portal to track occupational health services.

“Community-based participatory research: 1 – An introduction”

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m.


  • Kim Fowler, director, Human Subjects Office, Office of Research
  • Larry Hornak, associate vice president for Integrative Team Initiatives, Office of Research
  • Allisen Penn, associate dean for extension & outreach, College of Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Brandy Walker, public service associate, Fanning Institute for Leadership Development

Description: Community-based participatory research connects scientific researchers with community members to address issues that can disproportionately affect segments of a given community. Recognizing the strength of each partner, researchers and community members collaborate on all aspects of the project, which may include a needs assessment, planning, research intervention design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of community-level interventions. In this session we will explore the basic principles of CBPR and investigate some of the resources at UGA to help investigators incorporate CBPR practices into their research programs. This is the first in a series of presentations about incorporating CBPR into your research program.

“Resuming Human Subjects Research”

Friday, July 10, 11 a.m.

Presenter: Kim Fowler, director, Human Subjects Office

Description: If you are a principal investigator (PI) ready to resume in-person human research activities during the University’s return to campus Phases 1-3, attend this session for an overview of the IRB requirements. This session will help you use the new HRPP (Human Research Protection Program) Toolkit and develop procedures to reduce risk to participants and study team members during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Register for this session: Log in to UGA’s Professional Education Portal with your UGA MyID and password. Search for the session title in the search bar at the upper right of your dashboard.

“IACUC Activities & Protocol Handling During COVID-19”

Tuesday, May 12, 1 p.m.

Presenter: Leanne Alworth, director, Office of Animal Care & Use

Event description: This session is intended for researchers who have active research animal protocols or plan to submit new protocols or amendments during the pandemic lockdown. The Office of Animal Care and Use and IACUC are operating mostly unchanged during the COVID-19 pandemic. OACU members are working full time, remotely, and the IACUC has been meeting via telecommunications to keep research support active. UGA has been following guidance from regulatory agencies, USDA and the Office of Laboratory Welfare, in order to maintain compliance. This session will provide the basic information researchers and instructors using animals need to know, and will include an opportunity for questions.

“Human Subjects Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Friday, May 1, 11 a.m.

Presenter: Kim Fowler, director, Human Subjects Office

Description: This session will provide information on the key issues and strategies human researchers should be considering and implementing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The UGA Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) strives to provide a high level of research project support as we find ourselves in strange, new circumstances. Significant time will be devoted to open discussion of such concerns as:

  • Ongoing research—what to keep open, what to halt and what to close
  • Handling regulatory and reporting responsibilities
  • IRB review priorities
  • Changing to remote data collection and interaction
  • Research related directly to COVID-19

“Research Animal Care during COVID-19”

Tuesday, April 28, 1 p.m.

Presenter: M.A. McCrackin, director, University Research Animal Resources (URAR)

Event description: During the lockdown, University Research Animal Resources (URAR) continues to care for research animals, and IACUC-approved service reduction and husbandry adjustment plans are functioning at an internal threat level of yellow. Learn about this, efforts at PPE elimination and reduction in facilities, and how to reach URAR front office, veterinary or facility help. If you plan to conduct COVID-19-related research, hear about how URAR veterinarians can assist with IACUC protocol development and partnering with ABSL3 containment staff.