PRIM&R’s At Your Doorstep faculty members come from a wide range of backgrounds, and all have received high accolades in the field of human research protections. With decades of teaching experience amongst them, PRIM&R’s At Your Doorstep faculty members are able to meet any institution’s needs. Faculty are selected for a particular offering based on background, experience, proximity to the hosting institution, and availability.
Among the seasoned leaders facilitating our At Your Doorstep programs are:
David A. Borasky, Jr., MPH
David A. Borasky, Jr., MPH works in the Office of Research Protection at RTI International (RTI). He has over 12 years of experience managing institutional review boards (IRBs), as well as facilitating training activities on basic research ethics and IRB operations and function for research staff and their collaborators worldwide. He is a co-author of the award-winning Research Ethics Training Curriculum and the Research Ethics Training Curriculum for Community Representatives, which together have been used to train individuals in over 70 countries. He is a contributing author of Institutional Review Board: Management and Function (Amdur and Bankert, eds.). In addition, David has provided hands-on assistance to IRBs throughout North America, Africa and Asia, specializing in capacity building activities for IRBs in low-resource settings. He has served as a consultant for the WHO, the US Department of Energy, the Fogarty International Center and numerous other institutions. David is proud to be a Certified IRB Professional® and member of the Board of Directors for PRIM&R. He frequently lectures on the challenges of the review of research in developing country settings, and has published articles on research ethics training and international perspectives on informed consent.
Susan Z. Kornetsky, MPH
Susan Z. Kornetsky, MPH, is the director of clinical research compliance at Children’s Hospital Boston. Her responsibilities include directing an IRB administrative office, educating principal investigators regarding IRB regulations, assisting investigators with protocol development, assuring institutional compliance with all federal and state regulations pertaining to human research, and establishing appropriate policies and procedures. She is a past president of the Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA) and a board member of PRIM&R. Ms. Kornetsky is vice chair of the Council for Certification of IRB Professionals, which established a certification program for IRB professionals. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), an organization that serves as an accreditation program for institutions with human subject protection programs. Ms. Kornetsky serves on the faculty of At Your Doorstep, an educational effort to bring IRB training to individual institutions. She has presented to the Pediatric Advisory Subcommittee of the Food and Drug Administration on pediatric research issues, and has served as a consultant on an Office for Protection from Research Risks site visit team. She is also a member of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute IRB and the New England Research Institute IRB.
Ada Sue Selwitz, MA
Ada Sue Selwitz, MA, assists the University of Kentucky in developing institutional policies pertaining to a variety of compliance issues. Ms. Selwitz received her master’s degree from the University of Kentucky’s College of Communications and completed her qualifying exams for a doctorate in higher education. Since 1999, Ms. Selwitz has been the director of the office of research integrity at the University of Kentucky. She is also an adjunct associate professor in the department of behavioral sciences in the College of Medicine. Ms. Selwitz has co-authored publications and given more than 100 presentations throughout the United States. Ms. Selwitz has been involved in nine extramurally funded research projects with the National Institutes of Health, the Scientist Center on Animal Welfare, and the National Science Foundation. She served on the Department of Health and Human Services advisory group on the Public Health Service Responsible Conduct of Research policy, the NIH Regulatory Burden Committee, and chaired the NIH Regulatory Burden Human Research Protection Subcommittee. Ms. Selwitz was co-faculty for the Investigator 101 CD-ROM, which has been distributed by the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) to all institutions with assurances. She also co-founded and developed PRIM&R’s At Your Doorstep program, which provides fundamental education on human research protections. Ms. Selwitz is a University of Kentucky fellow and a native of Kentucky.
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