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Minneapolis VA Health Care System Research Service

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Research Compliance

The Minneapolis VA has one full-time Research Compliance Officer (RCO) and one half-time RCO/ half-time Research Privacy Officer (RPO). These staff are under the supervision of the facility Director. While not formally a part of our Research Service, our RCO and RPO work closely with our Research leadership and oversight committees to ensure that our program meets all applicable ethical and legal standards. The RCO and RPO meet regularly with the Associate Chief of Staff for Research (ACOS), Deputy ACOS, HRPP coordinator, and RDC chair. They serve as non-voting consultants to our oversight committees, and work with committee personnel and coordinators to prepare reports to the facility Director and to applicable external oversight bodies. The RCO and RPO conduct periodic reviews of our approved research projects to identify and correct potential noncompliance issues. Their close involvement in our operations strengthen the integrity of our research program.

Compliance Officer Directory
Name Position Email Phone
Benson, Mark Research Compliance Officer 612-467-1794
612-725-2000 x311794
Idso, Mary Research Compliance Officer,
Research Privacy Officer 612-467-5858
612-725-2000 x315858