The Services Role in Medical Research at Sidra Medicine
The mission of Sidra Medicine Research Services is to create a professional and supportive environment for world-leading research providing dedicated, timely, and effective services to the scientific community.
Research services is organized in offices dedicated to the activities serving the needs of the scientists of Sidra Medicine Research Branch: Finance and Procurement, Human Resources and Training, Grants Office, Research Outcomes , Communications, and Policies.
How Do We Support High Research Standards?
Research Services is committed to supporting the highest standards of research and continued success at Sidra Medicine by:
- Providing scientists with fully equipped facilities and systems to conduct their research;
- Providing investigators with technical support, procurement and logistics activities, as well as project and budget management;
- Developing, implementing, and evaluating operational policies and procedures related to human subject protection, animal welfare, research safety, and research misconduct; and
- Providing guidance on policies and procedures related to the integrity of research conducted at Sidra.
Research Services is responsible for the following areas of research compliance:
- Grant Submission: All grant applications submitted to QNRF or other agencies must be submitted by the Grants Office on behalf of the investigator. The Grants Office will vet the application’s budget and make sure that Sidra can abide by all of the terms and conditions set forth by the funding agency.
- Animal Welfare Protection: If a research involves animals, it needs to obtain approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
- Recombinant DNA Research: If a research involves the use of recombinant DNA (rDNA), RNAi, pathogens, biofluids, tissues etc., it needs to obtain approval for your research from the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
- Research Misconduct: Research Services facilitates the responsible conduct of research through online training and educational workshops that will promote regulatory and preventive measures in conducting research ethically.
- Laboratory Practices: Good Laboratory Practices and standards for laboratory safety include policies, procedures, training and other information to ensure compliance and best practice in the research laboratories at Sidra Medicine. There are many requirements that laboratories must be in compliance with when working with biological, chemical and radiological materials.
- Specific Human Subjects Protections certification is mandatory for everyone involved in research. To complete the required training please go to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website https://www.citiprogram.org/.