The University of North Texas System (UNTS), comprising UNT, UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) and UNT Dallas, was looking for a web-based institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) system that could be implemented for all three of its campuses and integrated into other research administration systems. When searching for an adviser, UNTS wanted to make sure there was enough flexibility to permit some campus-level autonomy while also harmonizing business practices.
UNTS engaged with Huron because of its cloud-based Huron Research Suite solution. The solution required minimal customizations and allowed for the import of legacy data. The integration points between the solution and the legacy system helped reduce data redundancy and errors, minimize administrative burden for researchers, and improve the transparency of the review process and timely access for business office needs. The IACUC implementation kicked off in March of 2021 and concluded in September, marking the first go-live for Huron Research Suite at UNTS. Two other solution areas — conflict of interest (COI) and grant and agreements — are now in progress.
As a result of the engagement, UNTS has one system across campuses, which are now working together to create an IACUC standard procedure library that will ease the burden of submitting and reviewing protocols. With a transparent submission workflow, the system is regulation compliant and routes each submission accordingly based on the committee that is responsible for its review. The system also has built-in reporting capabilities that allows UNTS to create queries based on individual campus needs. So far, UNTS has approximately 120 protocols in the system — with the first new protocol submitted in the system approximately five hours after go-live.
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