Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III announced, on November 4th, the appointment of Suzanne M. Rivera as
Case Western Reserve´s new vice president for research, effective this month.
Rivera, the university´s associate vice president for research since January 2011,
emerged as the top choice after an extensive process involving campuswide nominations
of internal university candidates. Since coming to CWRU, Rivera has distinguished herself
through a commitment to collaboration and a focus on systems and processes.
Read more about her.
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December 9, 2014
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New Policy from NIH to Balance Sex in Cell and Animal Studies
NIH announced last week a new policy requiring "a balance of male and female cells and animals in preclinical studies in all future applications." In this week's Nature, Janine Clayton and Francis Collins write, "The over-reliance on male animals and cells in preclinical research obscures key sex differences that could guide clinical studies. And it might be harmful: women experience higher rates of adverse drug reactions than men do. Furthermore, inadequate inclusion of female cells and animals in experiments and inadequate analysis of data by sex may well contribute to the troubling rise of irreproducibility in preclinical biomedical research."
Guidance for Transferring Research Materials and Data
All data and materials transferred into and outside of the institution require either a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA), a Data Use Agreement (DUA), or both. Material Transfer Agreements are used for the transfer of tangible materials (cell lines, mice, metallurgical samples, biological specimens), whereas Data Use Agreements are used for electronic or hardcopy data (including Protected Health Information, de-identified patient data, and non-human data).
All MTAs and DUAs should be routed through the Technology Transfer Office by sending a request to Andrew Jarrell at email@example.com.
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