Office of Research Affairs

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At Rush, the research contributions of faculty generate meaningful publications, values-driven care, lifesaving drugs and leading-edge innovations, ranging from omics-based discoveries to the next breakthrough drug or device. Continuously, our research teams progress toward measured, peer-affirmed outcomes that improve quality of life and our understanding of the human condition.

The Office of Research Affairs, or ORA, exists to partner with faculty and staff as they seek funding, propose clinical studies, establish collaborations, steward funds, submit grants, negotiate industry contracts, and secure patents and licensing agreements. The ORA is headed by Thomas J. Champagne, Jr., MBA, chief research administrator, and has organizational reporting responsibilities to the Office of the Provost (associate provost for research) and the Office of Medical Affairs (vice president and principal business officer) at Rush.

The ORA is comprised of six distinct divisions intent on delivering high-quality service, support and counsel to the Rush research enterprise, faculty, staff and students. The divisions of the ORA, along with their respective leaders, include the following:

 
  1. Clinical Research Administration           Allecia A. Harley, MPH
  2. Innovation & Technology Transfer        Jay Vijayan, PhD, MBA
  3. Institutional Animal Care and Use         Jeffrey P. Oswald, DVM
  4. Research Regulatory Operations            Mary Jane Welch, DNP, APRN
  5. Sponsored Programs Administration     Jennifer L. Garcia, BS
  6. Technologies Supporting Research        Karl L. Oder, MS, MSRA

As Rush continues to invest more in the success of our faculty researchers, we are increasing our sponsored award base, adding research participants, investing in technologies, establishing new core facilities, strengthening research protections, and continuing to invest in state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. All of us in the Office of Research Affairs look forward to working with our faculty researchers as we continue on Rush’s strategic path forward.

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Office of Research Affairs
Jelke Building 6th Floor
1653 W. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-5498