As we begin a new academic year, I write to update you about changes in responsibility for our research compliance area. As announced earlier, effective July 1 Professor Cindy Bergeman assumed the role of Associate Vice President for Research Compliance. Dr. Bergeman will lead our Office of Research Compliance, which has primary responsibility for compliance programs for human subject testing, animal care and research misconduct. The Office also has responsibility to ensure that all other matters of research compliance are properly addressed regardless of whether we have primary responsibility or not.
To help provide additional support to Dr. Bergeman in her new role, Dr. Richard Hilliard, Director of Preaward, will be serving as the interim Program Director for Research Compliance part-time in addition to his role as Director Pre-award. Rick provided administrative support for our compliance programs prior to the establishment of a separate compliance position in 2008 and brings experience to the interim role.. I very much appreciate Rick’s willingness to help in this area over the next year as Cindy assumes this new role and we work to reorganize the office and fill out the compliance staffing. Rick will be working closely with the IRB, IACUC and IBC compliance committees, Risk Management and Safety, and other expert resources. We have also engaged a consultant, Human Research Protections (HRP), to assist Cindy and Rick with current programs and with planning for the future. Nakesha Alexander will continue to serve as Research Compliance Coordinator, and will continue to be the first point of contact for day to day operational compliance issues, and assistance with the protocol submission system.
Greg Luttrell, Director of Research Contracts and Awards, in the Office of Research has assumed responsibility for our Export Control program compliance, and will serve as the Export Control Officer. Additional export control training and informational material will be available during this next academic year to assist you in understanding the areas in which export control may be a consideration. I want to thank Greg for taking on this important additional responsibility.
I ask your support as we go through these transitions and invite any suggestions or comments you might have. A balanced and professional compliance program is critical to the effective operation of our research programs and we welcome your thoughts and participation.
Robert J. Bernhard
Vice President for Research
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556