Blog Squad

The PRIM&R Blog Squad provided reflections and commentary live from the 2014 AER Conference.

Members of the AER14 Blog Squad reported on talks they attended, shared tips and best practices, and highlighted key conference takeaways through daily blog posts on PRIM&R’s blog Ampersand.

The AER14 Blog Squad includeed members with a variety of different perspectives—from that of an IRB chair at an institution that primarily does social/behavioral research, to a research administrator at a small institution and a compliance specialist at a large medical center.

Learn more about the members who gave you a peek into AER14:

Krystal Bradford, CIP
Krystal BradfordKrystal Bradford, CIP, is a research compliance specialist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio. In that capacity, she conducts pre-review of continuing review submissions. Krystal started her career in hospital administration, but became interested in medical research following the premature birth of her son. She initially joined Cincinnati Children’s as an administrator in the IRB office and progressed to her current role after gaining familiarity with the regulations governing research with human subjects. In 2012, she became a Certified IRB Professional (CIP®). This will be Krystal’s third time attending AER. She is particularly interested in how technology can be used to maximize efficiency and learning, and she is looking forward to sharing her thoughts from the conference both on Ampersand and Twitter.

Read Krystal’s insights from the 2014 AER Conference here.

Jim Gearhart, CIP
Jim GearhartA native of Washington State, Jim Gearhart, CIP, graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and served in the United States Foreign Service for 15 years. He joined Quorum Review as director of customer relations, and later served as director of study management and director of business strategy. Jim received his CIP® certification in 2010, and now sits on the Quorum Board of Directors. He blogs regularly for Quorum and is passionate about writing and research ethics. Jim is looking forward to exploring the ethical issues related to research at the 2014 AER Conference.

Read Jim’s insights from the 2014 AER Conference here.

Michael (Mike) Kraten, PhD, CPA
Michael KratenMike Kraten, PhD, CPA, is an associate professor of accountancy at Providence College in Rhode Island and a certified public accountant in the state of Connecticut. He was also recently appointed chairs of Providence College’s institutional review board. Mike is a specialist in the field of behavioral accounting and has a great deal of experience with behavioral research. He is particularly interested in the use of social media, electronic communication systems, and other interactive modalities to humanize virtual networks and generate social presence among parties. Mike is a first-time attendee of the AER Conference and he is looking forward to illuminating the principles, themes, and practices shared at the meeting in his posts.

Read Mike's insights from the 2014 AER Conference here.

Rebecca Ohnemus, MAA, CRA
Rebecca OhnemusRebecca Ohnemus is a certified research administrator and currently serves as the research officer in the University of the Incarnate Word’s (UIW) Office of Research Development. Rebecca works closely with several administrative offices to provide both pre- and post-award support for research and other sponsored activities across eleven colleges and schools within the university. She also serves as the administrative and compliance manager of the human subjects IRB. Over the course of the past year, Rebecca helped update UIW’s policies, procedures, and resources to more accurately reflect best practices and better meet the needs of the institutions’ researchers. A first-time attendee, Rebecca’s interest in blogging stems from her commitment to creating a culture of understanding through demystifying and improving the process and rationale for human subjects protections.

Read Rebecca’s insights from the 2014 AER Conference here.

Anita Pascoe, MS, CIP
Anita PascoeAnita Pascoe, MS, CIP, works as a project coordinator for the IRB at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. Anita earned a master of science degree in sociology from the University of Utah, where she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree. Prior to joining the IRB, Anita worked at Intermountain Healthcare’s Clinical Genetics Institute. Her primary research interests are concentrated in the field of medical and research ethics, and she is also pursuing research in the area of religion and health outcomes. She is passionate about accountability and progress in healthcare systems, and she is excited to have the opportunity to share thoughts, impressions, information, and observations from the 2014 AER Conference with other “research ethics geeks.”

Read Anita’s insights from the 2014 AER Conference here.

Visit Ampersand throughout the conference, or sign up to receive new blog posts via email, to read insights from this year’s blog squad members.