The OCR is liaison among investigators, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (UM SJMC) administration and study sponsors. It is the primary office responsible for the regulatory and financial aspects of clinical research, and advocates for the process of research at UM SJMC. Its staff provides for the facilitation of safe and ethical clinical research projects from initiation through close out, including but not limited to:

  • Oversight of UM SJMC compliance with federal laws and regulations and any related Institutional policies for human research subjects' protection
  • Assessment of study procedures and study visits to develop study budgets
  • Contract review and negotiation
  • Protocol review by Scientific Review Committee (SRC) for scientific, ethical and operational impact of a study on St. Joseph
  • IRB regulatory oversight through the Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB)
  • Assure that informed consent process is provided to research participants
  • Monitor human subjects training requirements
  • Ensure billing compliance for clinical trials
  • Conduct compliance audits of clinical trials
  • Maintain applicable research records

University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center and the Western Institutional Board are designated under the Institution's Assurance and agree to comply with the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects ( when engaged in federally-conducted or -supported human subjects' research to which the FWA applies, as well as with any clinical research conducted at or by UM SJMC employees or agents.

The UM SJMC's Federal Wide Assurance number is: FWA00002226

When a UM SJMC research investigator participates in a cooperative research project, the protocol must be reviewed and approved by the Western Institutional Review Board for UM SJMC as well as the IRB designated by each participating investigator or research site.

Contact Information

The Office of Clinical Research (OCR)
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center
St. Clare Building, Second Floor
7601 Osler Drive
Baltimore, MD 21204-7582

Director: 410-328-4391