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Research Resources

Compliance, Regulations, and Funding

IRB Regulations and Compliance

Funding- Grants and Contracts

Prisma Health Conflict of Interest Form

Other Research Resources

  • Research Focus Area Contacts by department
    USC School of Medicine Greenville Biomedical Sciences
    Research Education Series U of SC as Research Resource (v 1)

    Academic Research Directors from Affiliated Universities

    Thomas Britt, PhD
    Clemson Director, Health Sciences Center, Prisma Health – Upstate
    Professor, Department of Psychology
    Clemson CUSHR

    Lucia Gonzales PhD, MSN, MBA, FNP-C, A-GNP-C
    Associate Director Research
    Clemson University School of Nursing
    HSC Campus Research Director

    Erin R. Hahn, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Furman University
    Furman Research Director
    Health Science Center
    Greenville Health System

    Ronnie D. Horner, PhD
    Associate Dean for Clinical Public Health
    Director & Professor, USC Institute for Advancement of Healthcare
    University of South Carolina
    Arnold School of Public Health
    USC Public Health Research

    Matthew F. Hudson, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Comparative Effectiveness Research
    Cancer Care Delivery Research
    Office of Human Research Protection
    Prisma Health

    Interim- Desmond Kelly, MD
    Chief Medical Research Officer, Prisma Health–Upstate
    USC School of Medicine Greenville

    Prisma Health – Upstate Academic Vice Chairs

    William Hand, M.D.

    Jeffery Edenfield, M.D.
    Cancer Institute

    Ron Pirrallo, M.D.
    Emergency Medicine

    Phyllis MacGilvray, M.D.
    Family Medicine

    Alain Litwin, M.D.
    Internal Medicine

    Lori Stanley, D.N.P., R.N.

    Paul Miller, M.D.
    Obstetrics & Gynecology

    Thomas Pace, M.D.

    Jenny Knight, M.D.

    Jonathan Markowitz, M.D.

    Kaye McGinty, M.D.
    Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine

    Mike Devane, M.D.

    Alfredo Carbonell, D.O.

  • Data & Materials Access- More information coming soon (noted: 12/27/2019)

    Prisma Health Investigator

    Prisma Health employed investigators can submit data access request tickets directly through ServiceNow or work with an internal department report writer if available. Data requests specific for research purposes should have the proper IRB notifications and/or approvals as required.

    Researchers at Academic Partner Affiliates: Clemson University, Furman University, and University of South Carolina

    Researchers associated to Prisma Health through the academic affiliate partners, Clemson University, Furman University, and University of South Carolina operate within master data and materials sharing agreements between Prisma Health and the academic institution. Researchers will need to complete the Data and Materials Transfer Enrollment to initiate the data and materials transfer requests. The Data and Materials Transfer Enrollment is the pre-requisite to obtaining data and materials. Upon completion of the Enrollment, researchers will be given instructions on how to fulfill the request.

    Data and Materials Transfer Enrollment (coming Spring 2020)- It is recommended an investigator from the IRB home of record or intended home of record complete this enrollment form.

    Data Elements Profile Generator- (coming Spring 2020) 

    External Investigators- more information coming soon

    Methodology & Design

    Common Statistical Tests
    Case-Control Study Design
    Check out this presentation if you are considering embarking on a case-control study. It contains an overview of the case-control study, and issues to consider regarding matching and bias. Provided by Anna Cass, MPH.

    Interpreting Confidence Intervals
    An explanation by Dawn Blackhurst, DrPH, manager, clinical data analysis, GHS Quality Management Department.

    Proposal and Protocol Writing

    Writing a Research Proposal

    Research Resource: Guide for Writing a Proposal & Resources for Investigator Initiated Research

    Inside the NIH Grant Review Process
    This video follows a mock study session that shows the peer review process for grant applications. Before submitting an application, new researchers should watch this video for insight on how NIH grant applications are reviewed for scientific and technical merit. For additional information on this video and the peer review process, go to

    Protocol Template

    “I Need a Research Study”
    A presentation by Stephanie Tanner, MS, clinical trial research coordinator, orthopaedic surgery education at Prisma Health– Upstate.

    Project Proposal Template

  • Research Consultation Group (RCG)

    The Research Consultation Group (RCG) was formed to optimize scholarly activity by providing guidance and expertise for both beginner and advanced researchers engaged in all phases of the research process in an informal setting with access to multiple resources. This consultative group is a resource to assist collaboration for research at and with Prisma Health – Upstate. Consultation opportunities:

    • Clinical questions development including hypothesis development/refinement
    • Need for partnership for appropriate research team members
    • Study methodology: assistance with appropriate design and outcomes measures
    • Study feasibility: identifying potential stakeholders, samples, recruitment efforts, timing, etc.
    • Identification and facilitated engagement with auxiliary services essential to study execution (e.g. data/IT, IRB coordinator, librarian, etc)
    • Timeline development
    • Identification of immediate next steps
    • Disseminating research findings: identification of target conferences and/or journals


    Researchers soliciting RCG assistance should complete an intake request by the 15th of the previous  month to facilitate the next month’s meeting request. RCG will convene the second Friday of each month for consultation sessions. The Principal Investigator or Co-PI are requested to attend the consultative meeting with the RCG group.

    RCG Consultation Form

    Patient Engagement Studio

  • Research Education Series
    Poster Templates
    PowerPoint Templates
    Effective Poster Presentations
    GHS Logo QI Poster for External Presentations
    GHS Logo Poster for Evidence Based Practice Project
    GHS Logo Poster Template for Research Project

    Writing an Abstract

    Resident Manuscript Template
    Corresponds to the preferred format of the Obstetrics and Gynecology journal. In addition to the manuscript format, there are tips to help guide the user through the manuscript writing process. Template provided by Lee Higdon III, PhD, manager, Clinical Research and used by the Ob-Gyn residents.