Office of Research Units
The breadth of expertise, service, and support in the Office of Research is organized in nine units.
Biomedical Resource Center
The Biomedical Resource Center provides core support for animal-based research and teaching at the college. The Center employs support technicians and veterinary staff who work to sustain a high quality environment in which state-of-the-art animal husbandry and veterinary medical care. Besides being responsible for the daily care of the animals used for research and teaching at the Medical College, BRC veterinary staff are available for consultation regarding veterinary care or welfare of the animals in the course of research.
Contact the BRC:
BRC Website (intranet access required)
Grants and Contracts Office
The goal of the Grants & Contracts Office (GCO) is to support investigators and the MCW research community in submitting high quality, competitive and compliant research; to maintain commitments to our corporate and Federal sponsors; to ensure compliance with all applicable Federal, State, local and institutional policies and regulations; and to promote best practices; policies and procedures that ensure consistency and efficiency in our interactions with sponsors, affiliates, collaborators and investigators.
Contact the GCO:
GCO Website (intranet access required)
Human Research Protection Program
The mission of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is to protect the rights, welfare and privacy of all individuals participating in research sponsored by the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital. The HRPP supports the MCW/Froedtert Hospital Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) that review all research studies involving human subjects for safety, compliance with regulations, and ethical standards. The HRPP provides guidance and resources for the MCW/Froedtert Hospital IRBs, investigators, study team members, and the entire MCW/Froedtert Hospital community. Study-specific consultations, training for investigators and study team members, and quality improvement activities are part of the HRPP mission.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) forms the foundation for effective self-regulation of animal care and use and is responsible for reviewing all protocols involving live vertebrate animals, ensuring compliance with federal regulations, inspecting animal facilities and laboratories, and overseeing training and educational programs. The overall role of the IACUC is to ensure the humane care and use of animals.
The IACUC provides assistance to investigators in fulfilling their obligation to plan and conduct animal experiments in accordance with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles. The Committee has several important functions, including:
- Review of the institution’s program for humane care and use of animals every six months
- Inspection of the animal facility and research laboratories using animals every six months
- Preparation of a report of the Program Review and Facility Inspection and its submission to the designated Institutional Official, identifying any significant deficiencies the committee judges to be a threat to the health and safety of the animals
- Investigation of concerns involving the care and use of animals at our institution resulting from concerns or complaints by Medical College employees or the public
- Advisement and recommendation of improvements in the animal care program, facilities, or personnel training to the Institutional Official
- Review and approval, withholding of approval or suspension of animal use activities (Animal Use Applications)
Since membership on the Committee is on a voluntary, part-time basis, the IACUC Office staff handle the day-to-day affairs of the Committee. The staff receives, reviews, and distributes all submissions to the IACUC, such as animal use applications, annual reviews, amendments, and animal ordering.
Contact the IACUC Office
IACUC Website (intranet access required)
Institutional Biosafety Committee
The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has the responsibility to assure the safe use of recombinant DNA (rDNA) as outlined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to assure the safety of MCW personnel and others working with rDNA and/or biological materials, and to limit the environmental impact of rDNA and biological agents, including pathogens, utilized by investigators at the MCW.
The MCW Libraries seek to provide access to information to promote the Medical College of Wisconsin's goals of improving the quality of patient care, education, research and community service; provide information in traditional printed forms, as well as electronic formats, and promote awareness and utilization of these resources; assume the responsibility of staying at the forefront of information transfer, and endeavor to make unique or unusual information resources readily accessible; serve as a link in local, national, and international information programs; are dedicated to providing the highest standards of service and leadership in information management.
Office of Radiation Safety
The Office of Radiation Safety ensures the safe and compliant use of radioactive materials and provides training and guidance for MCW faculty and staff who use radioactive materials.
Office of Technology Development
The Office of Technology Development is responsible for managing the discoveries, inventions, and other intellectual property assets of the Medical College of Wisconsin and advancing these discoveries from Patents to Patients®. In this endeavor, OTD identifies and protects novel ideas and then markets those ideas to established companies or helps form spin-off companies to develop commercial products.
The Research Systems team administrates and supports campus systems, including eBridge, OnCore, and Payments.
eBridge is a web-based software solution that facilitates submission of applications for funding, and research. In addition, it tracks research related training, ensuring regulatory compliance. Research Systems designs, develops, enhances, maintains, trains, and supports the eBridge application through collaboration with Office of Research Units, the Office of Sponsored Programs, MCW Information Systems, and Corporate Compliance.
OnCore is an enterprise clinical trial management software system. Functions include protocol and subject life-cycle management, subject safety management, study calendars, management of financials, electronic data capture and management, paperless committee functionality (SRC, DSMC), ownership of the study information portal and custom reporting. Research Systems supports OnCore with day-to-day help desk service, installation of system upgrades, and new project roll-outs.
Payments allows research coordinators and other support staff to log in and authorize a safe, secure payment for a clinical research participant directly to a MCW Compensation Card, reducing the time and effort of processing paper checks. Research Systems supports Payments with day-to-day help desk service.