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David Grant USAF Medical Center - Clinical Research at DGMC

Sarah Torres,  60th Medical Support Squadron molecular biologist at David Grant USAF Medical Center's Clinical Investigation Facility, analyzes a sample. DGMC is one of seven Air Force medical facilities with formal clinical investigation programs and resources specifically designated to support such operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Lt. Col. Robert Couse-Baker)

Sarah Torres, 60th Medical Support Squadron molecular biologist at David Grant USAF Medical Center's Clinical Investigation Facility, analyzes a sample. DGMC is one of seven Air Force medical facilities with formal clinical investigation programs and resources specifically designated to support such operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Lt. Col. Robert Couse-Baker)


The Department of Health and Human Services defines any data collected "to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge" as research. A patient survey or a review of patient records for quality assurance purposes will not normally meet this standard. However, collecting survey data that would contain personally identifiable information such as names or duty titles, would be considered human subject research and would require obtaining the informed consent of any participants.

This distinction is critical for planning scholarly activities. Research efforts must be approved in advance by the Institutional Review Board. The IRB meets the first Monday of every month from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. in the Clinical Investigation Facility at David Grant USAF Medical Center. Contact Ms. Austria at (707) 423-7263 if you are interested.

Animal Research efforts are well funded and supported by the CIF staff. These studies are governed by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee which meets only as needed. For assistance formulating animal study ideas, contact Dr. Kevin Grayson at (707) 423-5096.

Animal Research and Clinical Research both require registry with national research standards training sites. There are modules for both Animal and Human research on the CITI website. There is additional Animal research training on the Latanet website.
 
Collaborative Institutional Training Institute (CITI)
Animal Studies: Latanet

The CITI national research training website requires specific registration steps. If you have performed research at another facility, the registration steps will be different for DGMC. Click on the instructions file below to print a copy, or to minimize a copy on your screen, to refer to while registering with the CITI website.

Initial training sessions can take 3-6 hours depending on the number of courses assigned to your level of research involvement at DGMC. After completion, print the "Completion Report". Every year you are involved in a DGMC research project, you will need to retake the Human Research course and file a copy of this printout with the CIF. The Annual CITI Refresher training is much shorter, instructions for this are below:
 
Instructions for first time CITI registration
Instructions for annual CITI refresher training