Research and discovery is core to the mission of GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. A significant emphasis has been put on augmenting the school's research profile and elevating its prominence through enhanced quality and impact. By advancing translation of research and increasing interdisciplinary collaboration in key areas of strength, SMHS researchers are identifying novel approaches to address the world's most devastating health issues, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, and a wide spectrum of neurological disorders.
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 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 Milken Institute School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, and the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, at the George Washington University. HSRC is maintained by the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library.