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If you are new to research at UAMS, this website provides you with some guidance to help you get started. There are links at the bottom for ACH and VA studies.
  1. Before you can conduct clinical research on the UAMS campus or any affiliated campus that uses the UAMS IRB, you must complete Human Subjects Protection and HIPAA for Research training.
  • Go to www.citiprogram.org and select University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Create your own user name and password.
  • Fill in your contact information.
  • On the Learner Group page, select either Biomedical Research (if your study involves drugs or devices) or Social/ Behavioral Research. You do not have to take any of the other optional courses, but you may find them helpful. 
  • HIPAA for Research is incorporated into both the Biomedical and the Social/Behavioral courses.
  • All modules will require you to score 100% on each quiz. You can take the quizzes as many times as necessary.
  • Your certification will be valid for 2 years.
  • If you need assistance with this process, call Kathryn Henning, ORC Research Education Manager - 526-6879.
  1. The next step is getting ARIA access. ARIA is the Automated Research Information Administrator. To obtain an ARIA user name and password, you will need to complete  an ARIA Account Creation/ Modification Request Form and email it to the IRB Office at IRB@UAMS.edu.
  • IRB Module - All IRB submissions and correspondence are accomplished through the IRB Module. This module greatly reduces the time and paperwork involved in IRB submission. For ARIA IRB module training, contact Beth Scanlan - 526-6245, Brittany Lehman - 603-1681
  • CRIMSON Module (Clinical Research Information Management System) -  All clinical research that will be performed on the UAMS campus now has to be entered into the CRIMSON module. In order to use this module, you will need to be trained. Contact Julia Washam - 686-8572. The key features CRIMSON offers are:
  • Electronic submission and approval of clinical research budgets

  • Coverage reviews when appropriate

  • Accurate assignment of research and clinical charges to appropriate accounts

  • Integration with the ARIA IRB module

  • New modules that permit electronic submission of other required reviews

  • Contract review and approval

  • Electronic routing and signoff

  • Projects Module - The Projects module of ARIA is the portal for review and approval of all grant proposals for UAMS. Each new or continuation proposal must be entered into the projects module and receive department, college, and institutional approval before being submitted to the funding agency.  The Projects module allows department, division, and college administrators to review proposals via the web.  This module is also the repository for the official grant file for each pending and awarded project. Contact Suzanne Alstadt 686-8845 for more information and training.

  1. The Research Support Center can assist you in many areas of your research.

  • Preparation of documents to be submitted through CRIMSON (Protocol, Informed Consent, Case Report Forms): David Avery, 686-7093.

  • Regulatory Reviews and IND/IDE: Carole Hamon - 526-7437

  • ClinicalTrials.gov Entry: Tracy Gatlin - 686-6803

  • GMP/GLP/GTP Quality Assurance: Larry Parker - 686-6284

  • IND/IDE Monitoring: Amy Jo Jenkins - 686-5939

  • Budget/Coverage: Julia Washam - 686-8572

  • Contracts/Legal: Diana Barr - 686-8564

  1. Contact information for UAMS committees/offices that may review your research:

  1. For studies through Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI), See the
    ACHRI Research Guidebook;
    For more information, Contact ACHRI Staff.
  2. The VA is considered a separate entity from UAMS with its own IRB and policies. For Little Rock and North Little Rock Veteran's Administration (VA) studies, contact Research Administration - 501-257-4816.

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Questions about RSC? Call 501-526-6876 or email RSC office

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