Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System Research Services
Research & Development Committee
The Research and Development Committee (RDC) represents the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System (AAVAHCS) Director in overseeing the facility research program. The RDC is responsible for planning and developing the research objectives of the facility and ensuring their alignment with VA mission. It also assesses the extent to which the objectives are met. The RDC reviews the scientific merit and clinical impact of all research projects. The sub-committees (IRB, IACUC, SRS) which oversee the research protocols, report to the RDC. RDC approval is required before any research can commence. All submissions to the RDC are now completed in AAROW.
The RDC is made up of AAVAHS investigators and research personnel, appointed by the AAVAHS Director, who volunteer their time to undertake this essential work. Membership requirements are outlined in VHA Handbook 1200.01 - R&D Committee's Responsibilities and Operations.
Any investigator interested in serving on the committee is welcome to contact Dr. William Weitzel, the Associate Chief of Staff for Research, for further information.