The Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protections Programs (AAHRPP) has accredited the Health Sciences Center's Human Research Protections Program (HRPP).  UNM now becomes one of only 20 programs nationwide that has received accreditation in order to safeguard human research volunteers participating in UNM research activities.

"This means that the UNM HSC is absolutely first class in assuring that human volunteers who participate in research at UNM have their rights and safety protected," said Mary Lipscomb, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research. 

The UNM Health Sciences Center is the only integrated center for research, education and clinical care in the health sciences in New Mexico.  During the period August 15, 2003 through August 14, 2004 there were a total of 1,121 active protocols under the purview of the HRRC involving approximately 352 Principal Investigators.  Human research protocols conducted at Health Sciences Center are subject to regulatory oversight from various federal agencies and state laws of New Mexico. 

The institution has a variety of research facilities which integrate basic science and clinical care ("bench to bedside" research), including the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC), MIND Institute, Cancer Research and Treatment Center (CRTC), and Clinical Trials Center (CTC).   The HRPP central offices are under the direction of Gary Cseko with Dr. Bill Reed serving as executive director.

"Human research is a crucial component in the advancement of education, research and health care in the State of New Mexico," said Phil Eaton, M.D., vice president for the UNM Health Sciences Center.  "The team that has accomplished this task Gary Cseko, Bill Reed, Mary Neidhart,Cathy Penick and other personnel in the HRPP office as well as many members and chairs of the Human Research Review Committees (HRRC) - should be commended for their hardwork and dedication.  This commitment to the protection of human subjects results in the advancement of research at UNM HSC and beyond." 

Incorporated in April 2001, the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) is a nonprofit organization that offers accreditation to institutions that conduct or review research with human participants. The AAHRPP accreditation program uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model.

Responding to increased public and political scrutiny, AAHRPP seeks not only to ensure compliance, but to raise the bar in human research protection by helping institutions reach performance standards that surpass the threshold of state and federal requirements.

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