Office of Research Compliance

THE LATESTThe Office of Research Compliance promotes a culture of compliance, research integrity and high-quality research within the Rush community. We function within Corporate Compliance with reporting relationships to the Office of the Vice Provost and Vice President for Research. To promote this culture of compliance, we partner with the Office of Research Affairs, Legal and the University.

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Learn about the informed consent quality improvement plan

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Learn about available education and training opportunities

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Learn about the QA/QI auditing and monitoring program

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Learn about disclosure of outside professional activities & what to do to report them

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Learn about research misconduct and how to report a potential allegation

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Learn who is required to complete this training as well as reviewing videos on this content

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Learn about this resource available and the regulations pertaining to this type of research

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These are tools to assist the Research community in achieving compliance with documentation and study implementation.

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Learn about FAQ’s and tidbits of additional information that will be helpful to researchers.

Programmatic Elements

Oversight of the regulatory, ethical and compliance aspects of preclinical and clinical research conducted at Rush is a complex, multidimensional undertaking. We advise and consult the research community on navigating regulatory complexities. Our mission is to support each operational area in its primary responsibility to ensure compliance. The following content areas are the focus of the Office of Research Compliance (ORC) program:

  • Human subject protections (biomedical and social/behavioral)
  • Animal use protections
  • Research privacy and security
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Assessments of scientific integrity
  • Investigate non-compliance
  • Conflicts of interest (individual and institutional)
  • Research misconduct
  • Questionable research practices
  • Financial management associated with funded research

Research Compliance Program

The ORC incorporates the seven fundamental elements of an effective compliance program (issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG)) through review and implementation of policies and procedures, conducting effective education and training, routine and for cause audits, establishing a hotline and responding promptly to detected offenses and undertaking corrective action.

Who We Are

Stephanie Guzik
Stephanie Guzik, MBA, RSN, RN, CHRC
Associate Vice President, Research Compliance and Conflict of Interest
Research Integrity Officer
(312) 942-1296
Mary Keller
Mary G. Keller, RN, BSN, CCRC, CHRC
Director, Conflicts of Interest
(312) 942-4485
Conflicts of Interest
Poorna Nagarajan
Poorna K. Nagarajan, MD, CCRC
Reearch Compliance Specialist
(312) 942-8613
Auditing and Monitoring
Colleen Sowinski
Colleen S. Sowinski, MBA, MPH, CCRP, CHRC
Research Compliance Specialist
(312) 942-8314
Education and Training
Jennifer Strong
Jennifer Strong, MS, CCRP
Research Compliance Specialist
(312) 563-2107
Auditing, Education and Training