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Offices and Resources

Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI)

The Center for Biomedical Informatics is designed to establish robust researcher-facing informatics services, data security, and sharing capabilities to support local and national CTSA efforts via a web-based interface, and provide consulting and educational services.

Clinical Trials Governance Board

The Clinical Trials Governance Board (CTGB) is designed to facilitate knowledge and opportunity to participate in a premier research program for human subjects research within a large federated network system created to support and facilitate the conduct and execution of clinical trials throughout the region by overseeing clinical research studies at UTHSC. 

Clinical Trials Unit (CTU)

The Clinical Trials Unit provides various research related services to providers participating or interested in clinical research. The CTU has specialized staff to support various and unique roles in the research setting allowing providers to streamline research trials independent of their clinic staff. The CTU is committed to providing the highest standards in all aspects of clinical research.

Electronic Research Administration (eRA)

The Office of Electronic Research Administration provides support for electronic systems within the Office of Research. The systems supported include: ACAP – Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, ACIM – Laboratory Animal Care Unit, fCOI – Financial conflict of interest disclosures, iMedRIS IRB – Institutional Review Board, iMedRIS IBC – Institutional Biosafety Committee, and Research Registration – Central repository for completion of all types of research-oriented training. Please call (901) 448-7125 for assistance. 

Export Control

The Export Control Officer provides oversight, assistance, and training to researchers in compliance regarding Federal regulations that govern how certain information, technologies, and commodities can be transmitted overseas to anyone — including U.S. citizens — or to foreign nationals on U.S. soil.

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)

The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee is responsible for overseeing and evaluating the animal care and use program. In addition to reviewing research protocols involving the use of animals and conducting animal care facility site visits, the IACUC evaluates all other parts of the institution's animal program and provides the appropriate training to all investigators conducting animal research. 

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The Institutional Biosafety Committee is responsible for reviewing research activities utilizing recombinant DNA (rDNA) and other biohazardous materials to ensure that UTHSC principal investigators and lab personnel utilize appropriate best practices when performing this type of work.

Institutional Research Cores

The UTHSC Institutional Research Cores are dedicated to the success of your project. We serve the UTHSC research community by providing access to state-of-the-art equipment and to expert consultation services.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board is a committee established to assist in protecting the rights and welfare of human participants involved in research activities. 

Office of Research Development (ORD)

The Office of Research Development assists faculty in bridging the gap between innovative scientific ideas, securing extramural funding and establishing high-quality, leading-edge collaboratives. Specifically, the Office provides resources and services to: help investigators identify targeted extramural funding opportunities, develop grant applications and scientific manuscripts to maximize competitiveness, provide intramural funding opportunities and interim funding mechanisms, and establish and enhance collaborations within and beyond UTHSC borders.

Office of Research Integrity

The Office of Research Integrity is responsible for responding to allegations of research misconduct brought against all faculty and staff members of UTHSC who are involved in the design, conduct or reporting of research.

Office of Research Safety Affairs

The Office of Research Safety Affairs is designed to assist members of the UTHSC campus who need access to safety information and those who are involved with environmental issues.

Office of Scientific Writing

The Office of Scientific Writing is designed to assist research faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students in the writing of successful research grants and scientific manuscripts. The office will support the research faculty on UTHSC’s Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville campuses. 

Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

The Office of Sponsored Programs provides support to the faculty and staff of UTHSC (including components at the UT Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville and the Chattanooga unit of the College of Medicine) in their efforts to obtain external funding for research and other sponsored projects, while ensuring compliance with UT policy, sponsor policy and applicable law. Specifically, the office reviews, negotiates, and approves all proposals for grants and research agreement; reviews and provides guidance on sponsor and University policy and procedures related to sponsored project proposals; provides information and training on grant and research contract processes; facilitates non-financial closeouts and invention reporting; and provides and/or obtains institutional signatures on grants and research agreements.

Postdoctoral Office

The Postdoctoral Office was established to help ensure and enhance the quality and quantity of postdocs and their training experience. They provide support and services for UTHSC postdoc fellows and their faculty mentors.

Radiation Safety Committee 

The Radiation Safety Committee will serve as the general policy forming body for the activities which involve the use of radioactive materials and/or other sources of ionizing and non-ionizing radiations. Policies formulated by and/or decisions of the committee will be effective upon the approval of the Chancellor.

Research Partners

Baptist Memorial Healthcare
Complex Trait Consortium
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Memphis Research Consortium
Methodist University Hospital
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Regional One Health
St. Francis Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis VA Medical Center

Student Research Programs

For students who feel that research experience is an important component of their overall professional education or who are considering the possibilities of a health-science career that includes research, many opportunities are available at UTHSC to participate in a research project in a meaningful way. Please visit the SCORE website to explore the possibilities of engaging in biomedical research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Tennessee Clinical and Translational Science Institute (TN-CTSI)

The Tennessee Clinical and Translational Science Institute (TN-CTSI) stimulates the discovery and translation of biomedical research into clinical practice to improve population health through a diverse set of services and resources. By providing critical education and training, funding opportunities, resources, and interdisciplinary expertise, TN-CTSI helps clinical and translational researchers at UTHSC advance their discoveries and develop novel therapies aimed at improving health care for all.

UT Research Foundation (UTRF)

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) separate organization that promotes the commercialization of UT intellectual property, encourages an entrepreneurial culture, contributes to state and regional economic development, and promotes research and education to benefit the people of Tennessee and beyond. 


May 26, 2022