ORO Executive Director
As Executive Director of the Office of Research Oversight (ORO), Tom Puglisi serves as a principal advisor to the Under Secretary for Health and implements procedures to ensure compliance with VA and other Federal requirements for the protection of human research subjects, laboratory animal welfare, research safety and laboratory security, research information security, and research misconduct. Tom joined VA in 2005 with more than 20 years’ experience in research compliance, including over 10 years as a funded research investigator and 5 years as a consultant in the private sector. Tom previously served as the Director of Human Subject Protections in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Human Research Protections (formerly the Office for Protection from Research Risks), where he was responsible for implementing requirements for the protection of human subjects in research supported by HHS and other Common Rule Agencies. Tom has worked extensively with a variety of Federal Agencies and private organizations on human subject protection issues. Prior to his service in HHS, Tom was an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), where he conducted research in the Psychology of Human Aging, received research grants from several HHS agencies, coordinated the Interdisciplinary Program in Gerontology, and chaired the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB). From 1986 to 1987, Tom was a Congressional Science Fellow with the Select Committee on Aging in the US House of Representatives. Tom has testified before various Congressional Committees, Institute of Medicine (IOM) panels, and the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC). Tom received his PhD in the Psychology of Aging and Life Span Development from the Ohio State University in 1978. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.
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