OHSU Gets Second NIH Grant to Streamline Human Subjects Research Oversight

10/28/03    Portland, Ore.

Oregon Health & Science University has received a second $250,000 grant to continue streamlining the process of setting up and managing the compliance issues related to human subjects research studies, and to exchange this information with multiple OHSU departments and systems. This second grant also allows OHSU to share its new systems with non-OHSU research sites that were not eligible to apply for these NIH funds.

With this streamlining, the people participating in research studies also win out because side effects or other safety concerns now can be monitored more closely, enhancing the level of safety. Participants now can be kept informed of new risks and changes quickly.

"These funds make it possible to replace mounds of paperwork and make the whole process electronic and computer-based without any time-consuming repetition," said Gary Chiodo, D.M.D., director of OHSU's Research Integrity Office and chairman of the Institutional Review Board.

The funds are intended to enhance human subjects protection by increasing electronic exchange of information, such as protocols, adverse reactions and consent forms, and to develop educational initiatives for research investigators and others.

OHSU will share the results of these new electronic procedures and safeguards with Portland State University, Oregon State University, the Portland Indian Health Service and Legacy Health System. This collaboration will involve a one-day, statewide conference in Spring 2004.

The first, one-year-grant of $250,000 was given to OHSU in 2002.