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  • Faculty (Vulnerable Populations)

    Jeremy BlockJeremy Block, PhD, MPP, is an assistant professor of population health science and policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he is also a chairman/vice-chairman of clinical research ethics committees across hospitals within the Mount Sinai Health System. Jeremy is primarily interested in the intersection of science and technology with society and public policy. His background includes advising at the federal, state, and local level on a variety of science and technology relevant fields including: green procurement; human research subject protections; chemical and biological weapons; emerging properties and markets with science and technology components; and research systems at public and private universities. In addition Jeremy has been involved in technology development in the areas of virtual reality as well as mobile health applications. He has a background in teaching ethics in public policy, bioethics, and science and technology policy at both the undergraduate and graduate level at Duke University and now as an adjunct professor at Baruch College CUNY. He holds a Bachelor’s in Chemistry and Biology, Master’s in Public Policy, and PhD in Biochemistry from Duke University.

     Bruce GordonBruce Gordon, MD, is professor of pediatrics in the section of pediatric hematology/oncology and stem cell transplantation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Dr. Gordon has been a member of the UNMC institutional review board (IRB) since 1992, served as chair since 1996, and as executive chair since 2011. He organized, and is first chair of, a joint pediatric IRB with the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. He has served on a variety of national committees and task forces, including the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections Subpart A Subcommittee, and as the first chair of the National Cancer Institute Pediatric Central IRB. Dr. Gordon has been a faculty member at PRIM&R’s regional and national meetings, served as the co-chair for the 2009 AER Conference, and is the author of numerous original papers, review articles, and abstracts regarding human subjects protections and research ethics. Dr. Gordon is a member of the Education and Governance Committees.

    Amy Terpstra Amy Terpstra, MSW, is a social worker turned researcher who is passionate about the role research and data play in creating social change. In her current role as senior partnership director at the United Way of Salt Lake, she convenes, facilitates, and helps build collective action among a set of motivated partners to improve specific, measurable outcomes at a population level. For 11 years prior to that, she led the research and evaluation services at Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research Center, conducting community-based applied research. Amy has put her expertise to use teaching research for the behavioral sciences and sociology courses to undergraduate students. Amy has a Master’s in Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.