ARENA Legacy Award – Elizabeth Bankert

The list of Ms. Bankert’s contributions to PRIM&R’s work and mission is long. Ms. Bankert has served as a faculty member for At Your Doorstep programs and as a member of numerous PRIM&R conference planning committees, was Applied Research Ethics National Association’s (ARENA) president in 2001, helped develop the regional meetings assistance programs that ARENA administered, was a co-chair of the 2007 Annual HRPP Conference, and willingly mentors all who seek her advice.

One of Ms. Bankert’s most important contributions to the field of HRPP administration is the textbook Institutional Review Board: Management and Function, which she co-edited. She also co-edited ARENA’s Study Guide companion to the textbook. IRB: Management and Function was first published in October 2002, and again in 2006. This book is a compilation of the works of more than 80 authors providing expertise on many topics in the realm of research with human subjects. It has become a mainstay on the desk of every IRB director, administrator, chair, and others, providing education and vital answers to daily questions, and helping to promote ethical research.

Ms. Bankert is the assistant provost at Dartmouth College. Prior to accepting this position in 2006, Ms. Bankert was the director of the IRB at Dartmouth College–Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for more than 10 years. As the institutional official designee, she works closely with the IRB office and also oversees other areas of research specifically related to compliance issues.