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Rush offers a range of educational and training opportunities for investigators. For more information, contact the Office of Research Complaince at (312) 942-1296.

The Rush Research Portal (RRP)

The Rush Research Portal (RRP) is a better way to manage all aspects of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) compliance process. All new studies will be submitted electronically through the RRP. Studies that were active prior to September 17 (legacy studies) have been uploaded into the system.

One of the many benefits of the RRP is that it is accessible via the Internet, allowing a streamlined approach to submitting and approving research studies even if the necessary people are not physically here at Rush. The system will notify department approvers, IRB staff and/or other study staff as the study advances through the system and is awaiting approval or changes. This new process will eliminate the need to submit 13 paper copies of studies to the IRB.

We have new components to the RRP available. Coverage analysis and contracts can now be created and submitted through the RRP. This will allow an even more efficient process that will link the IRB study, Coverage analysis, and contracts in one central location. We are still working on releasing a grant and budget module, which will be released in the near future.

To obtain a login ID for the RRP, all users are required to attend training. Training is available every Friday in the lower level of the Annex building at 11 a.m.

Additional group training can be accommodated for those who cannot attend one of the Friday sessions. Contact Antonio DeMarco at (312) 942-5097 or to arrange.

Additionally, all users should have compliance training in research HIPAA and human subjects prior to having their study being approved by the IRB. Compliance training is conducted through the Rush LEAP Online system and is good for two years. If you have any questions, or would like to check on your compliance training, please contact Antonio DeMarco at (312) 942-5097 or

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Master of Science in Clinical Research

The Master's of Science in clinical research is a State of Illinois-certified program leading to the MS degree. This two-year program is designed to provide the candidate with the formal training needed to apply for, design, carry-out, interpret and submit final reports on clinical research studies. This is accomplished through formal coursework, workshops, laboratory experiences and mentored hands-on, clinical research experience. The degree requires a master's thesis. Students with the following degrees are encouraged to apply: MD, DO, PharmD, PhD, as well as any other professional degree. Individuals with a BS or nursing degrees can also apply, but will be required to include GRE scores. Deadline for applications for admission to the Master of Science in clinical research program is April 1. For further information or an application, see the program Web pages on the Graduate College website.


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