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Research Training

General Research Training Requirements

The information below pertains to training that the University requires researchers, at any level (including undergraduate and students), to complete prior to and engaging in research.  Additional protocol specific training may be required for specific projects. 

See table for guidance.

For any questions, and to add personnel to IBC and/or IACUC, please reach out to Kristi Cihil at kmc35@pitt.edu .

General Laboratory Training 

The first module is at the (CITI) website. The remaining modules are located at the HSConnect website.

  1. Responsible Conduct of Research  (Required for all)
  2. Responsible Literature Searching  (Recommended for anyone searching scientific literature - not required)
  3. Chemical Hygiene Training    (Required for all laboratory work)
  4. Bloodborne Pathogen Training   (Required for all handling human blood tissues or cells, or anything human derived)

Animal Research Training 

In addition to the required training above, personnel working with animals must also be enrolled in Animal Exposure Surveillance Program (AESP).

Visit this link for animal-based research training modules: https://www.hsconnect.pitt.edu/HSC/public/choose-provider.htm

  1. Use of Laboratory Animals in Research and Education
  2. Purpose Bred Mice and Rats
  3. Large Animal Research and Training (if required)
  4. Non Human Primate Training Module (NHP) (if required)


If the protocol you are being added to uses any controlled substances, this module is required:  

5.  Use of Controlled Substances in Basic and Animal Research


For TB Testing, Measles Surveillance, and Animal Exposure Surveillance Program (AESP), contact:

Employee Health Services
(412) 647-4949 
Medical Arts Building, 3708 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500.59


Human Subjects Research Training 

Researchers interacting with study participants or identifiable data need to complete CITI modules in addition to responsible conduct of research.

Visit this link for human subject research training modules (CITI  Access Portal):  http://www.citi.pitt.edu/citi/

  1. Human Subject Protections
  2. Privacy and Information Security

Refer to (table) to determine if other training, specific to the researchers role, is required.


Research-Specific Training

For human embryonic & fetal stem cell research:  http://cme.hs.pitt.edu/ISER/servlet/IteachControllerServlet?actiontotake=loadmodule&moduleid=1661

For Radiation Safety Training: http://www.radsafe.pitt.edu


Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

For all work with recombinant DNA and associated technologies

Online site for IBC protocol preparation is MyIBC   www.myibc.pitt.edu/

To be listed in the MyIBC personnel database, PIs must take an NIH training module.  On the IBC website, above, the link for the training module is on the left-hand side of the page.


Material Transfer Agreements 

The website for MyRA (My Research Agreements) is https://myra.pitt.edu/MyRA/   Once you log in, in the upper left hand corner is a link for MyRA self-registration