The Office of Research Administration (ORA) has been established in accordance with strategic and scientific goals of the organization for the purposes of facilitating institutional review and implementation of all clinical research being conducted within the Conemaugh Health System environment. The ORA is responsible for review of research proposals for scientific merit, methodology, and institutional feasibility. The ORA will coordinate and assist as needed, with all aspects of the research review process to include contractual, billing, training, and departmental and institutional approvals.
In promoting research compliance while advancing the academic mission of the organization, the ORA provides uniform requirements, comprehensive resources, research education, and training and record keeping to support the research efforts of the medical staff, residents, employees, students, research sponsors and grantors.
The Office of Research Administration is a necessary resource in the development and implementation of clinical research projects regardless of “point of origin” (outside sponsor, funding source, investigator-initiated). The Office will assist in protocol and budget development, negotiation with outside sponsors, and adherence to regulatory requirements, including human subject’s protection. It is the intent of the Office to provide ongoing educational opportunities to all investigators, including those in graduate medical education programs. The Office provides instruction in clinical research, study design and methodology, and Good Clinical Practices. The research curriculum is designed for resident education and novice investigators to meet requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
The Office of Research Administration provides comprehensive resources for new and experienced clinical investigators including administrative support to plan, implement, and conduct clinical research within the Conemaugh Health System. Available services include: