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Research Matters Live: Compliance, Integrity & Safety Archives

“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.