The Research Subject Advocate (RSA) Office was created as part of the Clinical and Translational Research Science Award planning process to 1) ensure the safety and protection of human subjects, and 2) provide community education about processes in place to safeguard research subject safety within clinical and translational research trials and programs. The RSA and Associate RSA are available to assist UNMC clinical and translational researchers in developing protocols that minimize research subject risk and clearly communicate the risk-benefit ratio of study protocols. The Research Subject Advocate and Associate RSA are also available to make presentations to community groups interested in learning more about or who have concerns about research and research subject safety, or to report any concerns about specific research projects. The RSA Office will review all research protocols submitted to the Center for Clinical and Translational Research requesting research support to identify any research subject safety concerns. Finally, the RSA Office will work closely with but extend the role of the IRB in assuring the safety of research subjects at UNMC through community outreach programs.
Bruce Buehler, MD Research Subject Advocate
Deborah Meyer, RN, Associate Research Subject Advocate