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Research Study Oversight/Review at OSU

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center excels in clinical trials of potential new treatments because of collaborative relationships among clinical and basic science faculty, and also through relationships with research centers and institutes on campus and around the world.

Responsible Research Practices

All Ohio State University clinical trials are overseen by the University’s Office of Responsible Research Practices (ORRP), a unit of The Ohio State University Office of Research. ORRP supports the University’s goals of promoting the ethical conduct of research involving human and animal subjects. The ORRP provides administrative support for:

  • Faculty, staff and student education on the responsible conduct of research
  • Pre-review of protocol submissions for compliance with regulatory requirements
  • The University’s research review boards
  • Implementation of the University’s Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Conduct of the University’s classified research and contract activities

For more information about ORRP, visit http://www.orrp.ohio-state.edu.

Institutional Review

All clinical trials at Ohio State are evaluated, approved and monitored by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) under the ORRP. Ohio State has three IRBs – one each for biomedical sciences, cancer, and behavioral and social sciences. These boards are staffed by physicians, scientists, patient advocates, clergy, community members and other healthcare providers who are collectively responsible for overseeing the protection of human subjects in research.

In addition, the Clinical Trials Office (CTO) of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James) facilitates development and implementation of all OSUCCC-James clinical trials. By providing regulatory processing, subject recruitment, financial development, data collection and protocol-management services, the CTO fosters a supportive environment conducive to conducting clinical trials in a methodologically sound, expedient and cost-effective manner. Although enrollment in clinical trials at Ohio State is higher than the national average, the University is working to increase patient participation.