The Human Research Participant Protection (HRPP) Program is the University of Oklahoma's established program designed to support its commitment to the protection of human participants in research. This program incorporates individuals from the IRB, the University Director of Compliance and the University’s Vice Presidents of Research. The goals of this program are to ensure human participant safety, to educate the University’s researching body and to provide continuous quality improvement of the University’s research activities.
Beginning in 2000, steps were taken to formally train all investigators and clinical research staff regarding human research participant protection. As of now, the majority of investigators have completed these requirements. Effective September 1, 2004, an investigator who has not completed the required training is no longer permitted to conduct research at the University.
In addition to the required training, the HRPP program is currently in the process of creating a quality improvement approach to monitoring research studies. This quality improvement will begin with visits to investigator research offices. In the future, quality improvement may branch out and conduct surveys of former and current human research subjects. As mentioned earlier, the major goal of the HRPP Program is the protection of human research participants. By conducting site visits and quality improvement surveys, the HRPP Program can develop a strategic plan to address areas of concerns through education.
The Human Research Participant Protection Program may be contacted by telephone at (405) 271-2045; by email at email@example.com ; or, by postal mail at 1000 Stanton L. Young Blvd., LIB 176, Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1213.