The Research Advisory Committee was created to set research policies and procedures
and to support, develop and promote clinical research activities at Saint Joseph
Mercy Health System (SJMHS). It assists in the enforcement of investigator compliance
to federal regulations and SJMHS research policies and procedures, and works
concurrently with the Institutional Review Board to ensure all ethical principles
regarding research are maintained. This committee reviews investigator-initiated
research studies prior to their submission to the IRB, monitors and reviews
all quality improvement activity, and assesses any potential conflict of interest
issues involving research.
The Research Advisory Committee is comprised of SJMHS staff and physicians
from departments that participate most actively in research. Committee members
are recognized research experts.
Important functions of the Research Advisory Committee include:
- Assists with efforts to comply with the Residency
Review Committee requirements of providing a research environment and a
meaningful research experience for residents as part of their educational
- Reviews research applications for internal funding
from SJMHS research funds. Applicants are awarded funding based primarily on
meritorious science and the potential outcome for enhancing patient care
- Plans and designs effective models for working with funding agencies and
industry such as securing financial support for research activities and training
from state and federal sources, and external agencies and foundations.