Office of Responsible Research Practices
The Ohio State University

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General Questions

Contact the Office of Responsible Research Practices, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 614-688-8457.

Choose one of the following menu options, or press 0 at any time for general assistance:
0 – General IRB assistance or to schedule an appointment
1 – CITI Training
2 – Reliance and individual investigator agreements
3 – Animal research, biosafety, or occupational health
4 – Exempt human subjects research

Specific Questions

Animal Subjects (IACUC) Anthony Yonkura 614-292-4494
Biosafety (IBC) Helen O’Meara 614-292-0830
CITI Training John Yocom 614-688-8673
Human Subjects (IRB) – General & Regulatory Sandra Meadows 614-688-8641
Human Subjects – Exempt Jake Stoddard 614-292-0526
Reliance & Individual Investigator Agreements Jessica Evans 614-292-9832
Human Subjects – Congruency Review hscongruencyreview@osu.edu

Other Helpful Contacts

Conflict of Interest (COI) Ben West 614-292-0057
Technical Issues – Buck-IRB or eProtocol OR Help Desk 614-688-8288

Staff Directory

Erin Odor

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IRB Protocol Analyst II Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-688-1332

Erin Odor assists researchers with their submissions, participants 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, she served as a program coordinator in The Ohio State University Undergraduate Fellowship Office. Erin earned a Bachelor of Arts in comparative cultural studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Classics, and a Master of Arts in East Asian studies at The Ohio State University.

Ellen Patricia

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Assistant Director, Quality Improvement and Operations Office of Responsible Research PracticesAdministration, Quality Improvement Program Phone: 614-688-5556

Ellen Patricia, a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), provides leadership to the staff supporting the quality improvement activities in the university’s Human Research Protections Program. Ellen directs the post approval monitoring program that educates research teams on Ohio State University human research protection program policies and best practices. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, Ellen was the Director of Protocol Compliance at the James Cancer Hospital and in the remote past was employed by Pharmacia and Upjohn as a medical research associate. Ellen earned her Masters of Science in Human Physiology from The Ohio State University.

Jerry Phalan

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IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-688-7920

Jerry Phalan 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 clinical research coordinator at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Brett Phillips

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IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-292-5958

Brett Phillips assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach efforts, and supports the operations of the Biomedical Sciences and Cancer Institutional Review Boards. Previously, prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, he held numerous research-related positions in The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, most recently as a regulatory compliance officer in the area of gynecological-oncology. Brett earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Ohio State University.

Meliha Rahmani

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Quality Improvement Specialist – IRB Review and Regulatory Support Office of Responsible Research PracticesQuality Improvement Program Phone: 614-688-0389

Meliha Rahmani, a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator CCRC, supports quality improvement activities related to regulations and amendment review for the human subjects protections program. Previously, Meliha served as a regulatory manager in the College of Medicine Office of Research specializing in regulatory compliance. She has extensive experience in conducting quality and HIPAA audits, educational outreach, clinical trial coordination, protocol development and implementation, and clinical research regulations. Meliha earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Loyola University New Orleans and her Master of Public Health specializing in epidemiology from The Ohio State University.

Aaron Seddon

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IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-688-2208

Aaron Seddon 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.

Jake Stoddard

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Quality Improvement Specialist – Exempt Research Office of Responsible Research PracticesQuality Improvement Program Phone: 614-292-0526

Jake Stoddard, a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), assists researchers in determining the human subjects research review requirements for their projects, determines whether research proposals involving human subjects meet the criteria for an exemption from IRB review, and supports quality improvement activities for the human research protections program. In addition, he supports the operations and participates in educational outreach efforts for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Institutional Review Board. Jake earned his Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from The Ohio State University.

Kirsten Thomas

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IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-688-1070

Kirsten Thomas 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, she worked as a Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at OSU. Kirsten earned a Bachelor of Science in English Education and her Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University.

Kim Toussant

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Director Office of Responsible Research PracticesAdministration Phone: 614-292-8613

Kim Toussant is the Director of the Office of Responsible Research Practices (ORRP).  Prior to joining the ORRP, Kim was the administrative director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and continues in the role of co-Director of the CCTS Regulatory Program. She previously also held the position of clinical research manager for the National Institutes of Health funded Women’s Health Initiative and the Osteoarthritis Initiative, as well as industry sponsored pharmaceutical clinical trials. Kim holds a Masters degree in public administration and a Masters in Business Operational Excellence from The Ohio State University. She received a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the Fisher College of Business and research administrator certification from the Research Administrators Certification Council.

John Yocom

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Business Systems Specialist Office of Responsible Research PracticesAdministration Phone: 614-688-8673

John Yocom provides support for the development and implementation of various technology initiatives for the Office of Responsible Research Practice. John is a liaison between the business and technology teams and communicates and collaborates with external and internal customers to analyze information needs and gather functional requirements. Previously, John served as the administrative manager for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Prior to joining the ORRP, John worked as a research specialist in animal research labs at the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Arizona. John received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Anthony Yonkura

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Senior IACUC/IBC Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesIACUC, IBC Phone: 614-292-4494

Anthony Yonkura, a Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA), assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach efforts, and supports the operations of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Anthony received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Baldwin-Wallace College.

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