What studies will be monitored by the KUMC DSM-EC?

The DSM-EC will monitor studies referred by the Human Subjects Committee (HSC), the Conflict of Interest Committee (COIC) and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Compliance (AVC-C).  KUMC investigators may also request oversight by the KUMC DSM-EC through the AVC-C.  Data and safety monitoring is particularly appropriate for high-risk research and for studies in which the investigator and/or the institution may have a potential conflict of interest.

How does the KUMC DSM-EC interface with a protocol-specific KUMC Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB)?

The DSM-EC provides multi-disciplinary, independent oversight of research studies conducted by University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) faculty.  Members of the DSM-EC work with the investigator to develop a data and safety monitoring plan which is reviewed at a full DSM-EC meeting.  An important part of the plan is to establish a protocol-specific DSMB for the investigator's study.  This DSMB will be comprised of two content experts and a statistician and will meet on a schedule appropriate to the level of monitoring required by the study.  The DSMB reports its recommendations to the DSM-EC following each meeting.  If the DSM-EC concurs with the DSMB's recommendations, these are forwarded to the referral source and the HSC if not the referral source.  If the DSM-EC has questions, these might be sent to the DSMB and/or the investigator.

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