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Research Review Committee

Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) is committed to the promotion of high quality scientific research. 

 The scope of  research conducted within CHS:

  1. Supports medical education and the residency program,
  2. Demonstrates the potential for improving patient care, or
  3. Has the potential for financial benefit to the institution through development of a marketable product.

Purpose of the Research Review Committee

Research protocols are reviewed for scientific design by the Research Review Committee (RRC) as a first step prior to implementation or review by other institutional committees. 

The RRC must review the following:

  • All research projects designed by residents, graduate students, nurses, and nursing students 
  • Studies for which funding is requested from the Health Service Foundation or CHS Foundation

The RRC does not address the following:

  • Issues of ethics and informed consent which are the purview of the IRB
  • Radioisotope use approval which is the purview of the Radiation Safety Officer
  • Quality Assurance projects

Committee Composition

The committee is composed of:

  • Chairperson and Co-Chair 
  • A representative of Research Administration, departmental representatives from the Division of Education and Research, and a Committee Program Coordinator 
  • Members are appointed with a background in clinical and/or basic research 
  • Members are named by the Vice President of Research at the beginning of each calendar year 
  • The committee is responsible to the Senior Vice President for Education and Research

Committee Meetings

The RRC meets once a month, the second Friday of each month. The typical schedule accommodates for five protocols to be presented each month.

Contact Information:

Michelle O'Sullivan
Program Coordinator RRC/CRO

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