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Office of Regulatory Support

The Office of Regulatory Support (ORS) offers services to help investigators navigate and comply with a range of governing requirements. In addition to general assistance with requirements as they arise, we provide expertise to support specific FDA-regulated processes, including research involving experimental drugs and devices, as well as preclinical laboratory studies.


Joan E. Adamo, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Regulatory Support
Reshma Ravilla, Pharm.D., Regulatory Affairs and Compliance Specialist



Services & Support

We can help you navigate FDA-regulated processes, including Investigational New Drug and Investigational Device Exemption applications and Expanded Access treatment uses.


Education & Career

The UR CTSI has launched a range of programs focused on advancing training, career development, and research in regulatory science.


Regulatory Affairs

The Office of Regulatory Support provides Regulatory Affairs support and services for Rochester faculty who are conducting research with FDA-regulated products. We aim to protect the safety of research participants and support investigators as they conduct high-quality research. To do this we provide a range of regulatory education, outreach, templates, and assistance to the entire research community. Our services provide regulatory support throughout the life cycle of a study from initial design through the conduct of the study to closing out and reporting results at the end. This assistance applies to investigational drugs, biologics, and medical devices used in the context of clinical research as well as non-FDA-approved therapeutics used for treatment purposes through the expanded access pathway.

Regulatory Science

Regulatory science is an area of study devoted to developing new tools, standards, and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality, and performance of FDA-regulated products. Learn about regulatory science-related education and training offered at the University of Rochester and our partner institutions, including formal degree programs, experiential training, and other educational resources.

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John Miller presenting at the 2023 America's Got Regulatory Science Talent competition

Research Spotlight

Students Tackle FDA Focus Areas in America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent Competition

Graduate students from across the University of Rochester presented their proposals to improve regulatory science as participants in the America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent Student Competition. Individuals and teams developed their proposals to address current FDA focus areas for regulatory science.

Additional Resources


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Process Improvement

ORS staff engage across the University research community to identify system challenges and to coordinate development of system-wide solutions.

Electronic Record Regulations

Regulations (21 CFR Part 11) require that electronic research records contain the same information as would be found in paper records.