Research Advisory Council

The Research Advisory Council (RAC) is composed of a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians who possess skills in the elements of scientific inquiry. RAC meets the first Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8 a.m. Members include clinicians from major departments. The Director of Nursing Research, a member of the Nursing Research Council, the VP of Academic Affairs, and the Director, Clinical Trials Office, are also represented. The Chair is selected by the committee at large. The Council mission:

  • Provide informal guidance to members of the Reading Hospital community who wish to participate in investigator-initiated research.
  • To formally review all investigator-initiated research proposals prior to Institutional Review Board (IRB) review, and to provide the IRB with an opinion regarding the scientific merit of the proposal.
  • In addition, the Council will review competitive grant requests and appropriate grant funds from a yearly pool, donated by the hospital and Medical Staff.


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Additional Research Resources

In addition to the research resources listed above, Academic Affairs and Clinical Trials Office also include a biostatistician, SPSS software, and Medical Library staff to help support the needs of the investigators in their research being conducted. Also included are how-to write biological sketches from the NIH and NSF for grant applications.