University of Southern California


New Research Integrity and Ethics Appointments

The Office of Research is committed to advancing a culture of ethical research at USC, including:

We achieve these goals through education, guidance, policy and oversight, with the support of faculty led committees, such as the IRB, IACUC, SCRO and the Conflict of Interest in Research Committee (CIRC).

Prior Appointments

As I reported earlier, I have made three recent appointments in support of human subjects:

New Appointments

I am pleased to announce the following new appointments:

Effective July 1, Dr. Jeremy Goldbach will become the IRB Director for social and behavioral research. Though Dr. Goldbach will focus on research taking place on the University Park Campus, his IRB will have broader scope encompassing social/behavioral research on both campuses.

Effective May 20, Dr. Kristen Grace (PhD/MD) will become USC’s Research Integrity Officer.  In this new position, Dr. Grace will lead USC’s efforts to elevate responsible conduct of research and scientific integrity.  Dr. Grace’s experience includes research ethics leadership positions at Cornell, University of Pennsylvania and the Office for Research Integrity.

Complete Team for Research Integrity and Ethics

USC is fortunate to have exceptional leadership for all of our research ethics committees.  As of July 1, the complete team of committee chairs and vice chairs will be as follows.

Human Subjects

Animal Research Subjects

Conflicts of Interest

Research Integrity

Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee

As VP of Research, in addition to oversight for these programs, I will continue as chair of the Research Safety Oversight Committee and the UPC Conflict of Interest in Research Committee, and will facilitate the deliberations of the International Research Committee.

Randolph W. Hall, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research
Professor, Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
University of Southern California