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Infrastructure

Communications
Computing Environment
Grants Management
Human Resources
Human Subjects Protection
Space and Facilities

Communications

IHRP is committed to promoting the research of its investigators through professional news media, the Web, newsletters, social media, reports and other means. IHRP Communications identifies research activities of interest to the media and solicits the support of UIC Office of Public Affairs in writing and disseminating news releases. IHRP Communications also advises research teams on communications issues related to their research, such as recruitment of study participants.

Veronica Johnston; Director, IHRP Communications

For more information, contact:

Veronica Johnston
Director, IHRP Communications
vjohnsto@uic.edu
(312) 355-2800

Computing Environment

IHRP features a secure, comprehensive computing environment, including servers and desktop computers connected in a local area network. In addition to the familiar office software suites, this environment supports the newest versions of statistical, analytical, mathematical, and data processing software, including SAS, SPSS, and GIS packages. The network allows researchers to access and analyze their data from any computer anywhere at any time and offers scalability, which facilitates the adoption of creative and technologically unique methods of data collection.

In-house informational technology staff provide consultation on the use and integration of a wide range of data collection technologies employed by researchers, provide on-site maintenance of all equipment and servers, and ensure the safe storage of data.

IHRP houses and maintains REDCap, a secure, Web-based application for building and managing online databases for the collection and entry of research data, on behalf of the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Cancer Center.

The institute benefits from the services of the university’s Academic Computing and Communications Center, which supports site licenses for major software and statistical packages, enables researchers to purchase GIS and other software at discounted rates, and offers access to UIC mainframe computers and a Beowulf Cluster for high-performance programming and statistical analysis.

David Haschemeyer; Informational Technology Manager

For more information, contact:

David Haschemeyer
Director, IHRP Research Technology and Cyber Security
2014 Recipient of the UIC Award of Merit
dhasch@uic.edu
(312) 413-9838

Grants Management

The institute supports more than 70 active research projects and 60 proposal submissions annually. IHRP grants managers work on a diverse research portfolio that includes RO1s, specialized grants (RO3s, R21s), training grants and large-scale research initiatives such as program projects. They also support faculty contracts with public and private health agencies, usually for short-term projects, such as program evaluations.

IHRP grants managers are accustomed to the budget, reporting requirements of federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state, city and county public health departments, foundations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and nonprofit organizations such as the American Cancer Society. The institute supports collaborative agreements with faculty in universities across the United States and international contracts with universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and South America.

The financial team uses a sophisticated financial system to shadow Banner, the university’s electronic data system, to produce more detailed financial reports for investigators that include both personnel and non-personnel expenditures and allow salary projections through the grant budget period.

Ahlam Al-Kodmany, PhD; Director, IHRP Finance

For more information, contact:

Ahlam Al-Kodmany, PhD
Director, IHRP Research Operations
2006 Recipient of the UIC Award of Merit
rryan@uic.edu
(312) 996-7458

Human Resources

The IHRP Human Resources team manages appointments for almost 300 faculty and staff members each year, recruits new staff, and advises IHRP staff and affiliated faculty on campus employment policies and procedures, including those regarding international appointments and visa sponsorships.

The HR team, which works with dozens of departments and 11 colleges on campus to process appointments, is experienced in managing faculty and academic professional appointments funded by multiple sources that require several levels of approval across campus. The team also works closely with grants managers to ensure employees’ appointments are maintained in compliance with university policies through multiple and frequent changes in funding.

John Brach; Director, IHRP Human Resources

For more information, contact:

John Brach
Director, IHRP Human Resources Administration
2010 Recipient of the UIC Award of Merit
jebrach@uic.edu
(312) 413-9808

Human Subjects Protection

Consultation regarding research ethics and the protection of human research subjects is available to investigators developing grant proposals, IRB applications, and related study materials. Dr. David Henry can guide IHRP researchers through the IRB submission and approval process and specifically assist in:

  • Determining the type of protocol review required;
  • Developing consent and assent forms, recruitment materials, and procedures to minimize risk;
  • Responding to requests for information, modifications, or deferrals from the IRB.

Dr. Henry is available for consultation regardless of whether Departmental Review is required for your protocol by the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS).

David Henry PhD; Professor of Health Policy and Administration and Psychology

For more information, contact:

David Henry, PhD
Professor of Health Policy and Administration and Psychology
dhenry@uic.edu
(312) 413-1728

Space and Facilities

The institute occupies 36,500 square feet over three floors in the Westside Research Office Building, located within walking distance of all six UIC health colleges. The institute includes conference rooms, focus group rooms with adjoining observation rooms, and space for survey research. Most centers and programs affiliated with the institute occupy offices in this building.