ORSP Research Home

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The ORSP assists Principal Investigators (PIs) to initiate research projects.  The primary goal of the ORSP in terms of research is to ensure research is conducted ethically and safely, in compliance with the Federal Regulations or other laws/principles applicable to the research. 

All research projects must be reviewed by the ORSP prior to initiating the project.  To have a project reviewed by the ORSP, complete the Research Initiation Request Form (ORSP-1).  For more information on how to initiate research projects, see the FAQs below, or contact the ORSP.

Some projects might not meet the definition of research, and instead may be considered non-research scholarly activity. These projects, such as case reports, quality improvement projects, and literature reviews, do not necessarily require ORSP review. 

The ORSP, however, encourages students to seek WVSOM approval for such projects in advance of starting the work. Approval in advance for scholarly activity permits students to seek internal funds for presentation or travel. See the Student page for more information.



Institutional approval for research projects must be provided prior to initiating the research.  Additional ethics or safety committee approvals may be required.  See the Flowchart for Research Project approval for more information.  Briefly, however:

  1. Complete and submit the ORSP-1 (Research Project Initiation Form) to the ORSP.
  2. The ORSP will review and send an email with information on required trainings and next steps.
  3. Any ethics (e.g. IRB, IACUC) or safety (e.g. IBC) committee requirements will be described in the email.  Approval from these committees must be achieved prior to initiating the work related to these committees.
  4. These committees may require additional trainings, which must be completed before they provide approval.

Training: All personnel involved in a research project are required to complete conflict of interest training and submit a financial interest disclosure.  You may get started on the required trainings even before submitting the ORSP-1 form.  To complete this training:

  • Log into CITI (or create a new user login) and navigate to affiliate with an institution.
  • Affiliate with West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Navigate to "Add a course."
  • Under question 1, choose "Complete Conflict of Interest Training."
  • Answer the remaining questions as appropriate to the research project. Note that the Institutional approval email will describe the required trainings.
  • Complete the conflict of interest course under your WVSOM profile.
  • The financial interest disclosure is available for employees under Research Conflict of Interest.
  • Students and non-WVSOM employees may complete the ORSP-6 form and return it to the ORSP

Additional trainings will be described in the Institutional approval email to proceed with the research project.  Most trainings are available through CITI under "Add courses."



Learn about student research, opportunities for presentation, and professional development resources.

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Learn more about faculty conducting or sponsoring research at WVSOM.  Students need an employee mentor to undertake a research project.

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Preceptors, MSOPTI personnel, residents, and alumni click here to learn more about research resources available to you.

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(Free) Research and Scholarly Activity Databases

Genomic Data Commons Portal
GEO (Gene Expression Omnibus) dataset
  • Gene expression omnibus datasets.  It is a freely accessible repository of genomic data set utilizing several platforms such as microarray, next-generation sequencing, and other forms of high-throughput analysis.
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/geo/info/
  • You can access the dataset to see differential expression of genes between controls and samples or the expression profile of a particular tumor.
  • To compare gene expression profiles, the GEO2R is used to analyze microarray data. A quick tutorial from a youtube video can be accessed using the link below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUPmGWS8ik0.
  • Contact Lourdes Bernardino for more info
WV Health Data Portal
AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) data resources
CDC wonder databases
HuGE (Human Genome Epidemiology encyclopedia) Navigator
RNAi consortium
  • Can be used to search gene or genome sequence of different species, e.g., located in where in the chromosome, how many introns and exons, etc. It is a useful database to do genetic or genomic study
  • https://useast.ensembl.org/index.html
  • Feel free to contact Tony Liu for more info.
  • An interactice, regularly updated online mapping tool providing AIDS and HIV data (e.g. prevalence, diagnosis, mortality, funding) by state, county, and zip code with options to compare with demogrpahics and social determinants (poverty, education, income, insurance, etc.).
  • https://aidsvu.org
  • Users may also download and share infographics and data sets and look up PrEP and testing sites
  • AIDSVu is fueled by Emory School of Public Health & Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).
  • Feel free to contact Courtney Hereford for more info.


How do I know my project is research vs. non-research scholarly activity?

Click on the links below for guidance regarding the difference between quality improvement and research projects and how to get started with each type of project.

  1. QA/QI guidelines
  2. Scholarly flow
How do I have my research project reviewed and approved?
  1. Provide the completed and signed ORSP-1 form to the ORSP for review.
  2. The ORSP may ask for further clarifications.
  3. The ORSP will provide a list of required trainings that must be completed in advance of starting the project.
  4. All personnel on a project (including students) MUST complete the CITI Conflict of Interest Training
  5. All personnel on a project (including students) MUST complete a Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosure
  6. An email from the ORSP indicating Institutional approval (or not) for the project will be provided.
How do I procure regulatory committee (e.g. IRB, IACUC, IBC) approvals?
  1. In the project initiation approval email from the ORSP, additional approvals such as IRB, IACUC, or IBC review and approval may be required (and stated).
  2. The appropriate Committee Chair(s) are copied on the email from the ORSP.
  3. The PI should contact the Research Integrity and Compliance Administrator for information on how to provide a protocol application for review.
How do I add (or remove) personnel to (from) my project?
  1. Email orsp@osteo.wvsom.edu and request the person(s) be added to (or removed from) the project.
  2. Be sure to specify what role the person will have (this guides training requirements) and provide their contact information (email).
  3. The ORSP will confirm eligibility in terms of trainings, or provide a list of trainings required.
  4. Once the person is eligible to participate in the role specified for that project, the ORSP will send a confirmatory email to the person and the PI.
How do I request technicians/assistance for bench, clinical, educational, or other research projects?
  1. Send an email to orsp@osteo.wvsom.edu requesting assistance and describing your wants.
  2. The ORSP may schedule a meeting to discuss.
  3. We have limited technical help, but we want to get you what you need.
Tell me more about the intramural funding program.
  1. WVSOM maintains a modest intramural funding program for research projects.
  2. Intramural applications are due August 15, December 15, and April 15.
  3. Intramural grant applications are reviewed by the WVSOM Research committee for scientific merit, and recommendations regarding funding are made to the Associate Dean of Research and Sponsored Programs, who in turn, makes recommendations to the Dean.
  4. Intramural applications are 'seed monies' to develop projects. A successful application will identify external sources of funding for future application.
  5. Intramural application forms may be found on the Forms page.
Do I need WVSOM approval for collaborative research?

WVSOM encourages collaborative research, both within the institution and with external collaborators. Employees collaborating with external researchers are generally required to follow WVSOM policies and procedures, meaning all WVSOM approvals must be in place prior to the employee undertaking the collaborative work. For more information, or to see how collaborations by students at/with external PIs are considered, please see the student webpage.

What are the role and responsibilities of a WVSOM mentor for students doing research at an external facility?

As a WVSOM student research mentor, your responsibilities are to help guide the student through the approval process and ensure that the required permissions are in place. The WVSOM mentor may also help the student access WVSOM resources (e.g. statistics consultation, travel/poster funding) or provide professionalism mentoring. The WVSOM mentor may also be monitoring educational aspects of the program (e.g. a research rotation).

For clarity, the WVSOM mentor is not research personnel on the project and the WVSOM mentor should not be funding the research. The student should not be sharing data or specific information regarding the project with the WVSOM mentor, nor should the WVSOM mentor ask for any of those things related to the research project (without permission of the PI).

What are the PI's Responsibilities?
  1. Oversight and management of the project and all personnel, including ensuring compliance with federal regulations and WVSOM policy.
  2. Ensuring all personnel are appropriately trained prior to them assisting with the research
  3. Oversight of the budget, ensuring no budget overages, and ensuring expenditures are in compliance with WVSOM policies.
  4. Ensuring safe laboratory practices.
  5. Ensuring responsible conduct of research.
  6. Ensuring ethical treatment of all subjects.
  7. Ensuring open and consistent communication with the ORSP.



Diana Bird
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Administrative Assistant Senior
(304) 647-6289

Student Research Questions

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Associate Dean and Director of Student Research
Dr. Hanna will help students navigate being involved in research or scholarly activity projects
(304) 647-6366

Grants Questions

Sherri Miller
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Grants Administrator
Ms. Miller will help faculty, staff and students navigate the grant application process and ensure internal institutional approval is achieved for authorized grant submission.
(304) 647-6216

Faculty Research Questions

Peter Feltman, MS
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Research Integrity and Compliance Administrator
They will help you navigate the Institutional approval process, adding or removing personnel, and other needs
(304) 647-6284

Affiliates Research Questions

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Associate Dean and Director of Student Research
Dr. Hanna can help residents, alumni, and other prospective affiliates navigate being involved in research or scholarly activity projects. Note that the prospective affiliate will need to have an employee mentor.
(304) 647-6366

Vicki Shuman, DO
Mountain State Osteopathic Post-doctoral Training Institute
Associate Dean
Dr. Shuman oversees the MSOPTI and residents at MSOPTI affiliated institutions
(304) 793-6898