The areas of emphasis for research at SMHS are strategically targeted for programmatic growth and excellence, and include key topics including autism, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neglected infections of poverty. In support of these strategic research priorities, the School is investing significant resources into faculty recruitment and facilities upgrades to maintain and enhance the school’s standing as a research-intensive institution. The school is in the process of renovating approximately 25,000 square feet of space to expand academic space and create “open lab space” to encourage greater collaboration among researchers in the field of neglected infections of poverty.
The Animal Research Facility (ARF) provides space, equipment, and care for laboratory animals used for research and teaching purposes. Various federal agencies and private research foundations regulate the use of vertebrate animals used or intended for use in research. Working closely with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), ARF provides the highest standards of humane care and use of laboratory animals and assures compliance with University and federal regulations.
The Office for Clinical Practice Innovation (OCPI) is dedicated to promoting new health-related research initiatives, dissemination, and implementation of novel methods to organize and deliver medical care. These include research initiatives (i.e. testing and evaluating clinical delivery strategies to improve the quality and value of medical care), clinical practice innovation (i.e. facilitating the development of new innovative practice models and products to improve care delivery), and other initiatives that leverage GW’s research and clinical infrastructure (i.e. international research, partnerships, or contracting with private or public entities).
The Office of Human Research (OHR) is the administrative support office for The George Washington University Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). The IRB is responsible for the review of all research activities that involve human subjects in accordance with federal regulations. The OHR assists the IRB with reviewing research projects that involve human subjects to ensure that two broad standards are upheld: first, that subjects are not placed at undue risk; second, that they give uncoerced, informed consent to their participation.
The Office of Laboratory Safety (OLS) is responsible for Radiation Safety and Biosafety in research areas for the University and the Medical Center. This oversight includes the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
Health Sciences Research Commons (HSRC) is an online repository for gathering, archiving, and disseminating the research output of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the School of Public Health and Health Services, the School of Nursing, and the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, at the George Washington University. HSRC is maintained by the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library.