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The Office of Research employs the online TOPAZ Technology system for the protocol submission, review and approval processes for the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) and for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Therefore, all faculty, staff and students who are currently, or are planning to use animals or human subjects must log on to submit their applications to the respective committee. The Office of Research communicates the decision of all research compliance committees to the investigator via the TOPAZ system, hard copy and/or e-mail. For inquiries about TOPAZ or to request access, contact Ms. Rhonni E. Dixon, Project Coordinator, at, or at 713-313-4301.

***Now Available*** TOPAZ Training Online Sessions for Human Subjects & Data Research Protocols

Students, faculty and staff conducting human subjects research or using secondary data for research may now obtain the TOPAZ training through online videos. Users may click on the link to the video session first, then complete the online assessment. The following sessions and assessments are required, and the TOPAZ account will be created once users successfully complete all of the required assessments. Results of the assessment will be immediately e-mailed to the participant's valid TSU e-mail account and to the Office of Research.

Session Name Video Link Assessment Link
Part I-Human Subjects Research Compliance Session Assessment
Part II-About the TOPAZ System Session Assessment
Part III-Creating the Protocol Session Assessment
Part IV-Informed Consent Session Assessment
Part V-The Pre-Submission Session Assessment


Below are pertinent links and documents relating to TOPAZ.

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