Research Committees

Research conducted at the University of Southern California may require oversight from one of the Institutional Review Boards (IRB) as well as from specific research committees depending on the characteristics of the study.

Following is a list of USC committees that oversee specific types of research:

Radiation Safety Committee

The Radiation Safety Committee evaluates all proposals involving use of radioactive materials and radiation-producing equipment within the University.

Institutional Biosafety Committee

Research involving biohazardous materials must be registered with the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Biohazardous materials includes recombinant DNA, potentially infectious microorganisms, bacteria-derived toxins, human cell lines, tissue, blood or other human/nonhuman primate material.

Clinical Investigations Committee (Norris Cancer Center)

Clinical studies conducted at the Norris Cancer Center must be submitted to the Clinical Investigations Committee for scientific merit review before the study is submitted to the Institutional Review Board.

Stem Cell Research Oversight (SCRO) Committee

The Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee reviews, approves, and provides oversight over all issues related to the derivation and use of human pluripotent stem cells. Research under SCRO jurisdiction may not begin until approved by the SCRO.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee oversees animal programs, animal facilities, and policies to ensure appropriate care, ethical use and humane treatment of animals in research, teaching, and testing at the University.

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