Committees of the OVPR

Committees to the Vice Provost for Research include: the Provost Council on Research, the Research Compliance Oversight Committee, the Conflict of Interest Standing Committee, the Human Research Advisory Committee, the Animal Program Advisory Committee, and the Human Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee.

The Vice Provost for Research serves as a resource for the University’s strategic research planning and development and Chairs a number of Penn committees, including:

The Provost Council on Research

The Provost Council on Research (PCR) is an advisory committee to the Vice Provost for Research and plays an important role in formulating and implementing research policies across the University. The Council is constituted of faculty leaders from each of the twelve Schools. Members of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the leadership of each of the reporting offices attends the Council and discusses issues of import with respect to strategic oversight and management of Penn’s research enterprise. PCR meets on a monthly basis during the academic year.
MemberAffiliationTitle
Dawn BonnellOffice of the Vice Provost for ResearchVice Provost for Research, Chair
David AbramsLaw SchoolProfessor of Law
Xinyin ChenGraduate School of EducationProfessor
Jonathan EpsteinPerelman School of MedicineExecutive Vice Dean
Larry GladneySchool of Arts and SciencesAssociate Dean for the Natural Sciences
Dana GravesSchool of Dental MedicineAssociate Dean for Translational Research
John B. Jemmott IIIAnnenberg School for CommunicationKenneth B. Clark Prof. of Communication & Psychiatry
Mark G. LowWharton SchoolProfessor of Statistics
Theresa RichmondSchool of NursingAssociate Dean for Research
Megan RyersonSchool of DesignAssistant Professor
Phyllis SolomonSchool of Social Policy and PracticeProfessor of Social Policy and Practice
Kate StebeSchool of Engineering & Applied ScienceDeputy Dean
Phillip ScottSchool of Veterinary MedicineAssociate Dean for Research

Inquiries regarding PCR should be directed to: Josie Rook, Executive Director, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, rookj@upenn.edu

University Research Compliance Committee

The University Research Compliance Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Vice Provost for Research to ensure that the University’s and Schools’ senior management and academic leaders are informed regarding the status of the Research Compliance Program. The Committee may provide recommendations and feedback regarding the Compliance Program and the management of research related compliance concerns. The Committee provides a forum for discussing ideas and working collaboratively to promote the University’s research mission in conformity with regulatory requirements.
MemberAffiliationTitle
Dawn Bonnell (Chair) Office of the Vice Provost for ResearchVice Provost for Research
Jill Baren Perelman School of MedicineProfessor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Kurt Barnhart Director of Women’s Health Clinical Research CenterWilliam Shippen, Jr. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kim Craig Office of the Vice Provost for ResearchResearch Compliance Officer
Lee Dobkin Office of General CounselChief Counsel, Penn Medicine
Jonathan Epstein Perelman School of MedicineExecutive Vice Dean
Larry Gladney School of Arts & SciencesProfessor of Physics, Associate Dean, Natural Science
Emma Meagher Perelman School of MedicineVice Dean & Clinical Research Officer
Kate StebeSchool of Engineering & Applied ScienceDeputy Dean

Inquiries regarding the URCC should be directed to Sam Kessler, Staff Assistant, Vice Provost for Research.

Human Research Advisory Committee

The Human Research Advisory Committee (HRAC) advises the Vice Provost for Research on the need for and implementation of policies and procedures governing human subject research. The Committee is comprised of faculty and administrative stakeholders. Upon the recommendation of the HRAC, the Vice Provost conducts periodic reviews of the human research protection program and budget support for the various components of the program, either through independent mechanisms or as part of a scheduled accreditation process.
MemberAffiliationTitle
Dawn BonnellOVPRVice Provost for Research, Chair
Jill Baren PSOMProfessor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Kurt Barnhart PSOMWilliam Shippen, Jr. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Women's Health Clinical Research Center
Roger Cohen PSOMProfessor of Medicine, Associate Director of Abramson Cancer Center
Charlene CompherSONAssociate Professor of Nutrition and Science
Kim Craig OVPRResearch Compliance Officer
Lee Dobkin OGCChief Counsel, Penn Med
Glen Gaulton PSOMProfessor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Joel Gelfand PSOMProfessor of Dermatology
David HeagertyIRBAssociate Director, Human Research Protections
Hans-Peter Kohler  SASProfessor of Demography
Emma Meagher PSOMVice Dean & Clinical Research Officer
Joanne Rosenthal RIOAssociate Vice Provost for Research, Associate Counsel
Kathryn SteinbuglerOCRDirector, Clinical Trial Contracting Unit
John Swartley PCIAssociate Vice Provost, Executive Director of PCI
Daniel Swingley SASAssociate Professor, Psychology
Robert Vonderheide PSOMHanna Wise Professor in Cancer Research, Director, Abramson Cancer Center
James Wilson PSOMProfessor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Tracy Ziolek IRBExecutive Director, IRB
Robert Weinrieb Perelman School of MedicineAssociate Professor, Psychiatry

Inquiries regarding HRAC should be directed to Sam Kessler, Staff Assistant, Vice Provost for Research.

The Conflict of Interest Standing Committee

The Conflict of Interest Standing Committee (CISC) carries out the University’s formal, peer review process to identify, review and manage research-related financial conflicts of interest for Penn investigators. The CISC meets semi-monthly and serves in an advisory capacity to the Vice Provost for Research in accordance with the University’s research-related conflict of interest policy. Membership consists of standing faculty appointed by the Vice Provost for Research who have voting rights, as well as ex-officio non-voting representatives of various University and School-based research support offices.
MemberAffiliationTitle
Kurt BarnhartPerelman School of MedicineProfessor OB- Gyn, Committee Chair
Narayan AvadhaniSchool of Veterinary MedicineProfessor, Biochemistry
Paul DucheyneSchool of Engineering and Applied SciencesProfessor, Bioengineering
Patricia D'AntonioSchool of NursingProfessor and Chair, Family and Community Health
Victor FerrariPerelman School of MedicineProfessor Medicine, Assoc. Director Noninvasive Imaging Lab
Loretta Flanagan-CatoSchool of Arts and SciencesAssociate Professor, Psychology
Gary FreedmanPerelman School of MedicineAssociate Professor, Radiation Oncology
Nalaka GooneratnePerelman School of MedicineAssociate Professor, Medicine
A.T. Charlie JohnsonSchool of Arts and SciencesProfessor, Physics & Astronomy
Max KelzPerelman School of MedicineAssistant Professor, Anesthesia and Critical Care
Gerald KuncioExternal Community RepresentativeAdvisor, Ethics and Compliance
Scott ManakerPerelman School of MedicineAssociate Professor, Medicine, Vice Chair, Regulatory Affairs & Clinical Documentation
Vladimir MuzykantovPerelman School of MedicineProfessor, Pharmacology and Medicine
Pamela SankarPerelman School of MedicineAssociate Professor, Bioethics
Donald SiegelPerelman School of MedicineProfessor, Pathology & Lab Medicine
Virginia StallingsPerelman School of MedicineProfessor, Pediatrics
S. William StavropoulosPerelman School of MedicineAssociate Professor, Radiology
David VaughnPerelman School of MedicineProfessor Medicine, Hematology-Oncology
R. Polk WagnerPenn LawProfessor, Law
Robert WeinriebPerelman School of MedicineAssociate Professor, Psychiatry

Inquiries regarding CISC, should be directed to the Research Integrity Office at coi@pobox.upenn.edu.

Animal Program Advisory Committee

MemberAffiliationTitle
Dawn BonnellOffice of the Vice Provost for ResearchVice Provost for Research, Chair
Tracy BaleSchool of Veterinary MedicineAssociate Professor, Neuroscience
Marisa S. BartolomeiPerelman School of MedicineProfessor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Kathleen Boesze-BattagliaSchool of Dental MedicineProfessor of Biochemistry
Margret CasalSchool of Veterinary MedicineAssociate Professor, Medical Genetics
Lewis ChodoshPerelman School of MedicineProfessor, Cancer Biology
Yale CohenPerelman School of Medicine, Office of Animal WelfareAssoc Professor, Otorhinolaryngology & Vice Chair, OAW
Derrick A. DowUniversity Laboratory Animal ResourcesAssociate Director, Lab Animal Husbandry
Matt FinucaneEnvironmental Health & Radiation SafetyExecutive Director
Lori Flanagan-CatoSchool of Arts and SciencesAssociate Professor, Psychology
Diane GaertnerUniversity Laboratory Animal ResourcesDirector & Professor Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine
Larry GladneySchool of Arts & SciencesProfessor of Physics, Associate Dean, Natural Sciences
Robert GormanPerelman School of MedicineProfessor of Surgery, Cardiothoracic Division
Stuart IsaacsPerelman School of MedicineAssociate Dean for Animal Research
Stephen LiebhaberPerelman School of MedicineProfessor of Genetics
Susan Margulies School of Engineering & Applied ScienceProfessor of Bioengineering
Susan PassantePerelman School of MedicineSenior Executive Director
Missy PelosoOffice of Research ServicesAssoc Vice President, Assoc Vice Provost
Chris PiercePerelman School of MedicineProfessor of Neuroscience in Psychiatry
Gregory ReinhardInstitutional Animal Care & UseCommitteeDirector of Animal Welfare
Phillip ScottSchool of Veterinary MedicineAssociate Dean for Research
Celeste SimonPerelman School of MedicineScientific Director & Investistagor, AFCRI
Lou SoslowskyPerelman School of MedicineProfessor of Orthopaedic Surgery
John WolfeSchools of Medicine and Veterinary MedicineProfessor of Pathology and Medical Genetics

Inquiries regarding APAC should be directed to Sam Kessler, Staff Assistant, Vice Provost for Research.

Human Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee

The purpose of this committee, charged by the Vice Provost for Research, is to assist the Penn community with the scientific, legal, ethical and compliance considerations that arise from the use of human stem cells in research — including, but not limited to human embryonic stem cells. hSCRAC will work to ensure that stem cell research activity is in compliance with federal, state and local regulations, and with Penn policies, and that it is conducted in accordance with the highest scientific and ethical standards set by NIH and the National Academy of Sciences. It is the role of hSCRAC to provide procedural guidelines to the community on the derivation, procurement, banking and use for research of human stem cells. The hSCRAC reviews all covered activities and helps maintain a registry of human embryonic stem cell lines used for research at Penn.

MemberAffiliationTitle
Deborah A. DriscollPerelman School of MedicineCo-Chair, Professor
Jonathan MorenoSchools of Arts and Sciences and MedicineCo-Chair, Professor
Ralph L. BrinsterSchool of Veterinary MedicineProfessor
John D. GearhartSchools of Veterinary Medicine & MedicineProfessor
Troy M. HallmanInstitutional Animal Care & Use Committee Director
Katherine A. HighPerelman School of MedicineProfessor
Andrew B. MaksymowychEnvironmental Health & Radiation SafetyAssociate Director
Ellen PurpusOffice of Technology Transfer, CHOPDirector
Kerry E. WilsonOffice of Research ServicesAssoc Director, Corporate Contracts. Committee Staff
Robert F. FirestoneOffice of the General CounselAssociate General Counsel, Ex Officio

Burden Reduction Initiative Steering Committee

The University strives to decrease administrative burden on faculty in order to allow more time for the core missions of scholarship and research. The University is implementing this initiative to identify opportunities to reduce administrative burden on Penn’s research community imposed by the University’s research policies, practices, processes and systems.
MemberAffiliationTitle
Glen Gaulton Perelman School of MedicineProfessor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Edward George Wharton SchoolProfessor of Statistics
Larry Gladney School of Arts & SciencesAssociate Dean for the Natural Sciences
Rosey Nissley Information Systems and ComputingIT Technical Director
Missy Peloso Office of Research ServicesAssociate Vice President, Associate Vice Provost
Phil Scott School of Veterinary MedicineAssociate Dean for Research
Doris Stoffers Perelman School of MedicineSylvan H. Eisman Professor Of Medicine
John Vohs School of Engineering & Applied ScienceCarl V.S. Patterson Professor

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