Research Commons

Human Subjects Research

The Office of Responsible Research Practices (ORRP) staff hold office hours to help researchers, including graduate and undergraduate students, who are preparing Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions and exemption requests. Sessions are intended to help investigators, research staff, students and their faculty advisors navigate IRB forms, policies and review procedures.  Researchers can get assistance with:

  • Buck-IRB application responses
  • Clarifying Ohio State HRPP policies
  • Identifying potential regulatory issues
  • Tips to expedite the review process

Researchers seeking assistance with study design or development should work with their advisor, the Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)  (medical research), or the Clinical Trials Office (CTO) at the OSUCCC – James (cancer research)

Complex projects and/or questions anticipated to exceed 30 minutes should be directed to the IRB-specific mailbox for referral to the appropriate regulatory expert.

Meet the Experts:

Andrew Hedrick (Hedrick.135@osu.edu), a Certified IRB Professional, assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach efforts, and primarily supports the operations of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Institutional Review Board. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, he was an IRB administrator with the Office of Research Integrity at the University of Kentucky. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Science degree in telecommunications and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of Kentucky.

 

Photograph of Sarah Hersch

Sarah Hersch (Hersch.5@osu.edu), a Certified IRB Professional, assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach and supports the operations of the Biomedical Sciences and Cancer Institutional Review Boards. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, she served as a research coordinator at the Ohio State University Nisonger Center and as the Research Compliance Manager of the IRB at Teachers College, Columbia University. Sarah earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and her Master of Arts in Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

 

Photograph of Nicola Hettler

Nicola Hettler (hettler.6@osu.edu) assists researchers with their submissions and supports the operations of the Cancer Institutional Review Board. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, she served as a Program Manager and Principal Research Scientist at Battelle.  Nicola is a certified Project Management Professional and earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Ohio University.

 

Photograph of Aaron Seddon

Aaron Seddon (Seddon.6@osu.edu), a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach efforts, and supports the operations of the Biomedical Sciences and Cancer Institutional Review Boards. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, he served as a writing and literature instructor at both The Ohio State University and Franklin University. Aaron earned a BA in English from the State University of New York College at Potsdam and an MA in English from The Ohio State University.