Research Matters Blog


Updates from MUSC's Offices of Research Administration

e-Protocol Sessions Planned

The Office of the Vice President for Research has scheduled 2 sessions to introduce the eProtocol system to the research community.  The eProtocol system is a web-based platform for IACUC and IBC protocols.

  • eProtocol – Introduction to the Research Community – Introduction to the eProtocol platform and components common to both IACUC and IBC protocols
    • March 1, 2017 - 12:00 pm, Bioengineering Room 112
  • eProtocol – IACUC and IBC Components – Two 30 minute (IACUC followed by IBC) sessions focused on issues unique to the IACUC or IBC Protocol
    • March 8, 2017 - 12:30 pm, Bioengineering Room 112

All sessions will be hosted by Dr. Lynn M. Veatch, current site administrator for the eProtocol system and will include representation from the IACUC and IBC.   Attendance is open to all and highly recommended for primary personnel working in the system.
In order to know if additional sessions are needed, please drop an email to Dr. Veatch ( letting her know the sessions you plan to attend.
Please take this opportunity to learn about this exciting enhancement to our research toolkit.


Then you should know that MUSC has adopted a new campus policy for the review and approval of human pluripotent stem cell research. The “MUSC Research Using Human Stem Cells Policy” will take effect on July 1, 2017. In order to be compliant, MUSC leadership has charged a new oversight body, the Stem Cell Research Oversight (SCRO) committee, with oversight responsibilities for all research projects that fall under this policy.

Applicability and Scope of Oversight of the SCRO Policy

The scope of the MUSC Research Using Human Stem Cells Policy is limited to a well-defined subset of life sciences research that involves the storage of human embryonic stem cells and the derivation or use of all types of human pluripotent stem cells at MUSC.  The aim of this policy is to help ensure that such research is conducted with the highest ethical and scientific research standards, and in compliance with all applicable federal and state regulations, MUSC policies, and the requirements of extramural research sponsors.  Non-compliance with this Policy may result in suspension, limitation, or termination of Federal research funding.

Principal Investigator Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to identify research involving the derivation or use of human pluripotent stem cells and notify the SCRO for review.  

SCRO Notification of Research with Human Stem Cells

The formal SCRO review starts with the PI submission of a SCRO registration form. Instructions for submitting this form are available on the SCRO website. The SCRO will review the application and determine whether or not the project indeed falls into the scope of human stem cell research oversight. All individuals involved in this scope of research will be required to complete the SCRO training module in the online CITI Human Stem Cell program.   

Researchers with questions are encouraged to talk to the SCRO Program Manager (Dr. Yashmin Karten, 843-792-6521,



MUSC website on SCRO  

MUSC Research Using Human Stem Cells Policy

National Academies of Sciences Guidelines

NIH Guidelines on Human Stem Cell Research 

NIH Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry 

International Society for Stem Cell Research 


MUSC Research Calendar

To the MUSC Research Community:
On behalf of Vice President for Research, Dr. Kathleen Brady,  we are pleased to announce the creation of a new online MUSC Research Events Calendar available to our community.
The Research Calendar provides a one-stop shop to view research events that are open to the MUSC community and external public audiences.  The calendar provides views by date or by calendar month, and has a tab for viewing clinical trials for recruitment that are not typically bounded by date ranges.  Public audiences can view events by going to the research homepage and click on Upcoming MUSC Research Events.

  • To view a list of upcoming events:
  • To view the full calendar by month:
  • To submit events to the Research Calendar  :  
  • Please be sure the event you submit is open to the MUSC community (i.e., department specific events, or those for an invitation only audience are not appropriate for the Research Calendar).
  • Both the “full calendar” and “submit an event” pages are restricted to the MUSC network.  The page that lists the next 10 events is open to the public.


Many thanks to Kristi Adams, Carla Frichtel, and Teresa Kelechi for this support of this endeavor!
Loretta Lynch-Reichert, M.S.
Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives and Policy Management
Office of the Provost
Medical University of South Carolina