Research Compliance and Integrity

The Office of Research Compliance and Integrity (ORCI) supports and promotes ethical principles and research practices and ensures USciences is in compliance with federal, state, and University regulations governing research. This unit oversees animal research, laboratory safety, human research, responsible conduct of research (RCR), research misconduct and conflict of interests.

Key Responsibilities and Activities:

  • Establish training guidelines and training materials to make sure that research is conducted efficiently, that research results are objective, accurate, reliable and accountable and that USciences is in compliance with ethics & mandates governing funded research.
  • Verify compliance with RCR training requirements.
  • Recommend policies and procedures that will promote RCR awareness and education campus‐wide.
  • Act as liaison between faculty and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  • Handles instances of non-compliance or research misconduct in accord with University policies and federal guidelines.

Faculty, students and staff should visit the  ORCI Community on Blackboard for more comprehensive information about ORCI, forms, and other materials.

Contact:

Zachary Martitz, Research Compliance Coordinator
267-295-3295 / ORCI@usciences.edu or z.martitz@usciences.edu

Jean-Francois Jasmin, PhD, Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Education
Institutional Official
215-596-8512 / j.jasmin@usciences.edu

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

All faculty, staff, and student bodies who plan to initiate research involving human subjects must submit a protocol for review and approval to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to beginning the project.

Faculty, students and staff should visit IRBNet or the  IRB Community on Blackboard for more comprehensive information, forms, and other materials.

Contact:

Greg Thielman, IRB Chair
215-596-8680 / irb@usciences.edu  

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) ensures the health, well-being, and humane use of animals used in research at the University, following the regulations and guidance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Contact:

Shanaz Tejani-Butt, PhD, IACUC Chair
s.tejani@usciences.edu  

Faculty, students, and staff should visit IRBnet for more comprehensive information, forms, and other materials.

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

USciences’ Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) has been established under the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules to provide local review and oversight of research utilizing nucleic acids that is conducted at, or sponsored by USciences, irrespective of the source of funding.

Faculty, students and staff should visit IRBNet or the Environmental Health & Radiation Safety page as well as the EHRS Community on Blackboard for more comprehensive information, forms, and other materials.

Contact:

Renee Siegel, IBC Chair
r.siegel@usciences.edu

Contact:

Jean-Francois Jasmin, PhD
Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Education

Address:

Office Location: McNeil Building, Room 104
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-8512

Email:

j.jasmin@usciences.edu