Office of Research Resources

Office of Research Resources

ORR provides administrative oversight of research buildings, budgets and related services, as well as research compliance and training. The ORR also houses research committees including the Institutional Review Board (IRB) as well as research services such as the Research Core Laboratories (RCL) and the Laboratory Animal Resources Center (LARC). The office assures adherence to federal and state regulations as well as institutional policies in research conduct.

Quick Guide to Research Compliance Requirements at TTUHSC El Paso

The information in this guide outlines research compliance requirements for faculty and staff conducting research at TTUHSC El Paso.  Also, please review TTUHSC El Paso OP 73.08 for information about who can serve as a principal investigator for a research project or a grant at TTUHSC El Paso.

Research projects requiring review by the Institutional Review Board (human subjects), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (vertebrate animals), or Institutional Biosafety Committee (biological or chemical agents) will be required to be submitted to the appropriate committee using the iRIS software system. An account may be requested here: https://ttuep.imedris.net/.

An approved Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol is required for each research project using human subjects (including, but not limited to, investigation of new drugs, medical/radiological/behavioral studies, tissues or blood, medical record reviews, surveys or questionnaires). Prerequisites for submitting a protocol for IRB review include successful completion of the CITl (www.citiprogram.org) Human Subjects Research Course and Conflict of Interest course. Other prerequisite courses may include:  Clinical Research Coordinator, Good Clinical Practice, and Informed Consent Training.  An up-to-date financial disclosure document (see below) is also required. Research involving human stem cells must be in accord with established NIH guidelines (see: http://stemcells.nih.gov/policy/pages/2009guidelines.aspx), and must be approved by the IRB and TTUHSC El Paso. For a complete list of requirements for the use of human subjects in research, please refer to TTUHSC El Paso’s Human Research Protection Program Manual TTUHSC El Paso's Human Research Protection Program Manual. Additional information may be found at http://www.elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/research/committees/irb/default.aspx. For other questions, please contact Raquelle Fernandez, IRB Coordinator.

An approved Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocol is required for each research project using vertebrate animals. Prerequisites for submitting a protocol for IACUC review include successful completion of the CITl (www.citiprogram.org) courses specific to the animals and procedures to be used and Conflict of Interest course. An up-to-date financial disclosure document (see below) is also required. Enrollment in the Occupational Safety and Health Program is also required. For a complete list of requirements for the use of vertebrate animals in research please refer to http://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/research/committees/iacuc/default.aspx. For other questions, please contact Cynthia Ramirez, IACUC Lead Analyst.

Research utilizing any biological or chemical agent or involving the use of recombinant or synthetic DNA requires approval from the TTUHSC El Paso Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) before it is initiated. For a complete list of requirements for the use of biological or chemical agents in research, please refer to TTUHSC El Paso’s IBC Policies and Procedures Manual found at:  http://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/research/committees/ibc/default.aspx.  For other questions, please contact Amanda Ortiz, IBC Coordinator.

Radiation Safety Committee Approval is required. For more information, please refer to http://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/safety/radiation.aspx.

All TTUHSC El Paso investigators/personnel conducting research are required to submit an annual financial disclosure statement to the Office of Research Resources. These statements are reviewed for the possibility of a financial conflict of interest in research. If the TTUHSC El Paso Conflict of Interest in Research Committee (COIRC) determines that a perceived or actual conflict exists, a Conflict Management Plan will be required. All investigators/research personnel and members of TTUHSC El Paso research compliance committees also are required to complete the online CITI Conflict of Interest training found at www.citiprogram.org. The financial disclosure form may be found here: https://elpasottuhsc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6PhkhvolTTBWMUR. For more information, please refer to http://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/research/committees/coirc/default.aspx or contact Josue Cardoza, COIRC Senior Analyst.

Conflicts of interest in the non-research realm or conflicts of commitment also may need to be addressed by TTUHSC El Paso employees. These issues are reviewed by the TTUHSC El Paso Conflict of Interest and Commitment Committee. For more information, please refer to http://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/compliance/default.aspx

Research that will involve the transfer of information, technologies, or commodities to individuals (including US citizens) in a foreign country, or to foreign nationals in the U.S. are subject to Export Control laws. Export controls also govern potential use of a laptop computer, cell phone, or other devices containing TTUHSC El Paso information or data in a foreign country. Additional Information can be found here: http://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/opp/_documents/73/op7316.pdf. For related questions, please contact Jackie Roberts, Research Compliance Officer.

For a complete list of requirements for preparing and submitting grant applications, please refer to http://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/research/osp/. For questions, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).

Questions regarding invention disclosures, patents, or licensing of inventions should be addressed to the Office of Research Commercialization at Texas Tech University. For more information, please refer to https://www.depts.ttu.edu/vpr/commercialization/ or contact David Snow, Senior Managing Director.