On-campus research activities will ramp up slowly over three phases. TUSDM has prepared ramp-up guidelines for research that follow university, local, state and federal guidelines. Please read the TUSDM Research Ramp-Up Guidelines in full to help prepare for on-campus research. Below is guidance from OVPR for Phase 1 of research ramp up and how to prepare. UPDATE: As of June 5th, 2020 OVPR announced that on-campus research activities will initiate Phase 1 of research ramp up on June 8th. Resumption of on-campus research at TUSDM is projected for June 15th, 2020.
Phase 1A: Preparing for Phase 1
Basic Research: The focus will be on preparing wet labs to re-open. Allowable on-campus research activities will include limited staff to check on and relocate equipment if necessary to optimize social distancing, ensure PPE availability, perform supply inventories, etc. Please refer to the guidance previously provided on animal orders and rodent breeding activities that are needed to ramp up experiments. Those Core Facilities approved for ramp up will begin to re-open in order to be available for services starting in Phase 1.
Human Subjects Research: The focus will be on preparing to resume face-to-face studies in a safe and effective manner once the suspension is lifted by the Federal government. Potential activities will include planning: which face-to-face studies to prioritize for ramp up; how to adjust research procedures, spaces and study populations for each study; how to train research teams on new procedures and safety requirements; how to modify existing studies to be conducted remotely if possible; and where to identify reliable information on local epidemiology and state/international requirements that might affect studies conducted off-campus. We encourage continued use of remote work.
Phase 1: Minimal On-Campus Operations
Basic Research: The focus will be on a gradual increase of on-campus research activities, performing experiments in the labs. This phase will help us to better understand the new workflow in wet labs to ensure the health and safety of faculty and staff, while also allowing us to ramp down on-campus research activities as needed if conditions change. Additional guidance is currently being developed for projects involving human samples/tissues. All basic researchers planning to resume on-campus activities must complete TUSDM Phase 1 Laboratory Re-Opening form for Researchers.
Human Subjects Research: The focus will continue to be on preparing to resume face-to-face studies in a safe, effective manner once the suspension is lifted by the Federal government. We encourage continued use of remote work where possible.
Student Research: For students conducting essential time sensitive research, please review and complete the TUSDM Phase 1 Laboratory Re-Opening Form for Students and we will review your request.
The following research ramp-up resources are available from OVPR: