The Medical College of Georgia has contracted with an external IRB to help manage the oversight of human research protocols at the institution, especially with respect to clinical trials with short deadlines. However, to maintain the highest standards of human research oversight, only an MCG-approved external review board may be utilized by MCG investigators and only selected types of studies may be submitted to the external review board.
Category Archives: 9.00 Research
Many advances in prevention and treatment of diseases have been derived from widespread programs of research conducted at universities, within the private sector, or by the government. Human subjects involved in these studies must be protected against possible harm or abuse.
All research using human subjects or human-derived materials conducted by Medical College of Georgia (MCG) faculty, staff, or students must obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval prior to the initiation of any research activities that involves human subjects or human-derived materials.
Federal animal welfare regulations (under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), passed by the United States Congress in 1966) state that all employees or concerned parties must have the means to report deficiencies in animal care and treatment.
Every investigator or individual who is working with animals on a research project must be listed as project personnel on that protocol. Any new investigator joining an existing project must be formally approved and added to the existing protocol.
Laboratory Animal Services must maintain adequate security measures to protect the integrity, quality, and worth of the research as well as to protect MCG researchers, animal care staff, animal colonies, and physical structures.
Animal cells and tissues can transmit pathogens and infect laboratory rodents. In order to protect laboratory animals housed at the Medical College of Georgia animal facilities, cells and tissues at risk should be tested for pathogens before they are injected or implanted into animals.
The Division of Laboratory Animal Services (LAS) encourages the sharing of animal tissues and the animals themselves. In this spirit of conserving animals, it is reasonable and appropriate for one Principal Investigator (PI) to transfer unused or extra animals to another PI rather than euthanizing such animals.
9.0104 Policy for Shipping Animals Between Georgia Health Sciences University and Another Institution
The Animal Welfare Act (see Related Documents) has specific criteria for transport of laboratory animals to ensure their well-being. Failure to follow these federal guidelines can result in serious consequences (e.g., fines or loss of research privileges) for all institutions involved.
Animals must be euthanized by humane methods when the need arises, as described in the 2000 Report of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Panel on Euthanasia.