Office of Legal Affairs

The University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute Inc., encourages relationships with the corporate sector and has participated in a wide variety of written agreements related to pre-clinical and clinical research. Questions related to the development, negotiation, and execution of these agreements should be forwarded to the Office of Legal Affairs at 913-588-2617.  The Office of Legal Affairs will either review the contract provided by the company or initiate a contract based on the standard Research Institute Clinical Trials Agreement. The Research Institute welcomes the opportunity to negotiate master agreements with companies who place multiple clinical trials at the Research Institute. All clinical trial agreements and confidential disclosure agreements must be reviewed and signed by a Research Institute official. University employees, including faculty members who serve as principal investigators, are prohibited from entering into such agreements without University approval. Therefore, the contracting parties in clinical trials agreements are: the Sponsor and the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute, Inc, a non-profit educational institution, with an address of 3901 Rainbow Blvd, Mailstop 1039, Kansas City KS 66160. The Office of Legal Affairs provides rapid turn around and negotiation on all agreements with industry sponsored clinical trials given priority in negotiation.

The Office of Legal Affairs provides the following services:

  • The review and negotiation of the following agreements:
    • Clinical Trial Agreements
    • Confidential Disclosure Agreements
    • Fee-for-Service Agreements
    • Grant Agreements (Federal and Privately Funded)
    • License Agreements
    • Material Transfer Agreements
    • Sponsored Research Agreements
    • Subcontract Agreements
  • Rapid turn-around times on contract completion
  • Consultation regarding legal issues within research


Paul Terranova, PhD.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration, KUMC - KUMC Executive Director, KUMC Research Institute, Inc.
Oversees all Research Institute operations
Peter Griffith
Office of Legal Affairs Division Director
Negotiates, reviews and advices on all grants and contracts for research, oversees the Contract Office and reports directly to the Executive Director.
Donna Palatas
Contract Specialist
Assists in the review of contracts and agreements for all areas of the Research Institute.
Claire Sabin
Contract Specialist
Assists in the review of contracts and agreements for all areas of the
Research Institute.
Morgan Smotherman
 Legal Assistant

Last modified: Sep 08, 2014