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    David Forster - CCIPDavid G. Forster, JD, MA, CIP, joined Western IRB (WIRB) in 1996 and is currently the chief compliance officer for the five IRBs in the WIRB-Copernicus Group (WCG). Mr. Forster co-chairs the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) Sub-Committee on Harmonization. He previously served a four-year term as a member of SACHRP, and was previously a member of the SACHRP Sub-Committee on Inclusion of Individuals with Impaired Decision-Making in Research. He also served on the World Health Organization Quality Management and Evaluation Advisory Committee. A strong advocate for human subject protections, Mr. Forster also serves on PRIM&R’s Council for Certification of IRB Professionals, and plays an active role in the Harvard Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Work Group. Mr. Forster has a law degree and a Masters in medical ethics from the University of Washington.  

    Susan KornetskySusan Z. Kornetsky, MPH, is the senior director of clinical research compliance at Boston Children’s Hospital. For the past 33 years, her responsibilities have included: 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, establishing appropriate policies and procedures, and overseeing a quality improvement program for human research protections. In May of 2010, she completed a medical ethics fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She is the current Chair of PRIM&R’s Board of Directors. Ms. Kornetsky is a past appointed member of the SACHRP Subcommittee on Children, and currently serves on the SACHRP Subpart A Subcommittee. She is a past board member and site visitor for AAHRPP, as well as a former member of the IOM’s Committee on Clinical Research Involving Children. She served as a consultant for federal agencies and currently serves on the Scientific and Research Advisory Committee for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. She lectures at many national meetings, in addition to PRIM&R’s conferences and educational programs. She is faculty for educational programs run internationally through Harvard Medical School Office of Global education and is a faculty member for a Fogarty international grant.

    Pearl ORourkeP. Pearl O’Rourke, MD, is the director of human research affairs at Partners HealthCare Systems in Boston and an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. As the director of human research affairs, she is responsible for the systems that support the regulatory and ethical oversight of human research and the responsible conduct of research. Dr. O’Rourke is the past chair of PRIM&R’s Board of Directors, and has been a speaker at a number of PRIM&R meetings, addressing topics such as privacy, human embryonic stem cells, and the reporting of serious adverse events. She is also Chair of Partners Healthcare System’s newly formed ESCRO Committee. Dr. O’Rourke has worked as a pediatric critical care physician at Children's Hospital, Boston and at the Children's Hospital, University of Washington in Seattle where she was the director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Additionally, in Seattle, she served many years as a member of the IRB. Dr. O’Rourke has also been involved in international medical care, serving in China and Indonesia with Project HOPE. In 1995-1996, she did a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellowship and worked for Senator Edward Kennedy (Democrat-MA) as a member of the Labor Committee Staff. Following this fellowship, she became the deputy director of the office of science policy in the Office of the Director at the NIH where she worked on issues such as privacy, gene therapy (transfer) embryonic stem cells, and genetic discrimination. Dr. O’Rourke served as co-chair of the 2015 AER Conference and is currently serving as co-chair of the 2016 AER Conference.  She is a member of the Nominations and Elections and Public Policy Committees.