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Christopher Hayhow named director of Office of Research Compliance 

HayhowAug. 6, 2014

Christopher Hayhow has been named the new director of the Ohio University Office of Research Compliance.

The office ensures that all research meets university, state and federal regulations and policies. It manages the responsible use of human and animal subjects in research, monitors conflicts of interest and provides training on how faculty, staff and students can avoid research misconduct.

Hayhow joins the university from Merial, a global animal health company, where he served as director of regulatory affairs biologics in Athens, Georgia. He has 21 years of private industry experience working in the areas of regulatory affairs and project management. Hayhow previously worked as the staff veterinarian for the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio, and operated a private veterinary practice in Jackson, Ohio.

He began his new position at the university on July 14. He replaces Jo Ellen Sherow, who retired from Ohio University in April after 30 years of service.

"Chris Hayhow's scientific and professional credentials and strong record of compliance experience in an industry setting put him in an excellent position to lead Ohio University's Office of Research Compliance," said Joseph Shields, the vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the Graduate College. "The increasing complexity of the federal regulatory environment, combined with our efforts to expand the scope of research at Ohio University, underscores the importance of the research compliance function and our need for strong leadership in this area."

During the next year, Hayhow will oversee efforts to migrate the Institutional Review Board process, which manages the use of human subjects in research, from a paper-based system to an electronic one. The Office of Research Compliance will work with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to integrate the process into the research division's LEO research management system. LEO currently handles the animal subjects review process in addition to grant proposal submissions and awards management.

Hayhow accepted the position at Ohio University because he enjoys working in an academic setting with faculty and students, he said.

"My broad experience in private veterinary practice, the pharmaceutical industry and extensive government regulatory activities will enable me to provide a different perspective to address opportunities," he added.

Hayhow is a native of Chillicothe, Ohio, and earned a bachelor's degree, veterinary degree and doctoral degree from Ohio State University. He expressed enthusiasm for returning to the region where he got his start.

"I look forward to helping coach and mentor students and faculty, to learn and experience new things and to help Ohio University grow and prosper," he said.

Christopher Hayhow photo credit: Ben Siegel, University Communications and Marketing