The university has created a Conflict of Interest in Research
Committee (CIRC) to stay on top of federal regulations and
help faculty with compliance issues in financial
A conflict of interest (COI) in research exists when an
investigator has a significant financial interest or a
significant obligation to another organization that could
potentially bias research.
- Ex. An investigator who is a paid consultant for a
company that also sponsors the investigator's research
- The investigator and a reviewer in his/her dean's
office draft a conflict-of-interest (COI) management plan for
the CIRC committee.
- This ensures the plan is developed with the
investigator's input and that of someone familiar with his or
her specific research culture.
- CIRC reviews the draft plan or develops a management
plan if needed.
- At minimum, an approved plan requires full
disclosure of any sponsor relationships to:
- Colleagues on the study;
- Research participants; and
- In any publications or presentations.
The CIRC is comprised of well qualified, senior faculty from
each of the UB schools and colleges as well as the Research
Institute on Addictions. These individuals were recommended by
their units and appointed by the vice president for research and
- Joseph Balthasar, Associate Dean for Research, School of
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Yu-Ping Chang, Associate Dean for Research, School of
- Catherine Dulmus, Associate Dean for Research, School of Social
- Gregory Fabiano, Associate Dean for Research, Graduate School
- William Kross, Associate Dean for Research, School of
- Kenneth Leonard, Director, Research Institute on
- William McDonnell, Associate Dean, School of Architecture and
- Mulchand Patel, Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences
- Albert Titus, Chair, Biomedical & Electrical Engineering,
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
- John Wilson, Professor, Exercise & Nutrition Science,
Public Health and Health Professions
UB COI Administrator provides 9administrative support to