Office for Community Faculty

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Community Faculty play an important role in conducting research with our University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) medical students and residents. Are you interested in involving students or residents in your research? Take the following steps in order to get started.

  1. Obtain a community faculty appointment with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Not sure how to do that? Contact the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Office for Community Faculty at or (775) 682-8390.
  2. Complete the required online training. UNR Med requires all investigators planning on conducting research with human participants to receive relevant human research protection training. The preferred training program is provided at
  3. Create a profile in IRB Net. The UNR Research Integrity Office uses IRB Net, an online submission platform, to review research projects, your profile will provide you with access to the research project.
  4. Assist the student/resident in completing the necessary paperwork for his/her research project submission. Steps for building a submission in IRB Net at
    • The protocol application will ask all of the important information about the research project. This form along with the cover sheet will direct the student/resident to other relevant forms to be included in the research project submission.
    • The cover sheet asks for two UNR Med specific individuals to be named on the research project.
      • The "Responsible Official" is Dr. James Kenyon, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Research at UNR Med. This is the person who will check your application package for completeness and finalize submission to the Research Integrity Office on behalf of UNR Med.
      • The Principal Investigator on the project (for IRB administrative purposes), is Dr. April Heiselt, PhD, Director of the UNR Med Office for Community Faculty. Please keep in mind that this addition is for administrative processes only. This is still the student/resident's research project.
  5. Allow sufficient time for the student/resident to prepare the IRB package for submission. Please keep timelines in mind and mentor the student/resident in completing the package (as needed).
    • For basic, minimal risk research in populations which are not considered vulnerable, allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks from preparation of submission to IRB approval.
    • For more involved, complex studies, including research with vulnerable populations, international research, and clinical research, allow a minimum of 10 weeks from preparation of submission to IRB approval.

The Office of Medical Research, the UNR Research Integrity Office, and the UNR Med Office for Community Faculty are available to assist in your research endeavors. Should you have any questions, please contact the following individuals.

  • Ms. Danielle Eaton, UNR Med Program Manager, Office of Medical Research,, (775) 784-4125.
  • Dr. April Heiselt, Director, UNR Med Office for Community Faculty,, (775) 682-8390.
  • Ms. Valerie Smith, UNR IRB Program Manager, UNR Research Integrity Office,, (775) 327-2370.