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Office of the Vice President for Research

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External human subjects research review

On December 5, 2013, the University of Minnesota’s Faculty Senate passed a resolution calling for an inquiry to examine the current policies, practices and oversight of clinical research on human subjects at the University of Minnesota, in particular clinical research involving adult participants with diminished functional abilities.  

The Office of the Vice President for Research was charged by University President Eric Kaler to conduct the search, in collaboration with the University Faculty Senate, for the contractor to manage the inquiry with a panel of independent, outside experts.  

After undergoing a rigorous selection process, the University has accepted the proposal by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) to logistically manage the independent inquiry process.  The review will conclude in six months, and upon conclusion, the panel’s report will be made public and reported back to the Faculty Senate by one or more of the experts serving on the investigative panel.

The University is dedicated to meeting, upholding and exceeding the highest ethical standards for human subject research, and we remain committed to ensuring that any and all mechanisms are in place to instill confidence among our faculty and the public that the University continues to meet the highest standards in its research practices.  

Please see the following links for materials related to the Senate resolution, RFP process, and contractor proposal.