Webinar: Exploring and Enhancing Diversity for IACUCs and IRBs

May 23, 2018 | 1:00-2:30 PM ET

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IACUCs and IRBs should comprise skilled and knowledgeable individuals committed to the common goal of ensuring and promoting the ethical conduct of research. While most institutions have a diversity policy or program, the focus is often on demographic characteristics. For IACUCs and IRBs, expanding the definition to include diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, experiences, and social identities can strengthen a committee’s overall ability to carry out its mission.

How can IACUC and IRB staff and members foster and promote diverse representation on their committees, and utilize that diversity to enhance the oversight of research? Moreover, how can diverse committees work together effectively?

Presented by PRIM&R members who have successfully implemented diversity and inclusion strategies, this interactive webinar will offer practical advice and recommendations for increasing diversity to maximize IACUC and IRB effectiveness.

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Define diversity, inclusion, unconscious bias, and stereotype threat
  • Understand the opportunities for IACUCs and IRBs to enhance research itself through diverse opinions and viewpoints
  • Understand the difference between "a seat at the table" and "a voice at the table"
  • Describe mechanisms to increase diversity communication competencies of regulatory personnel and committee members
  • Implement some strategies for managing conflict while embracing diverse perspectives

Who should attend?

This introductory webinar will be beneficial for research ethics and compliance professionals and members of all types, including IACUC and IRB staff, chairs, and members.

Continuing Education

CPIA Credit labelWebinar participants holding the Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA®) credential may apply 1.5 continuing education credits towards CPIA recertification. Learn More »


Duke MorrowDuke Morrow, MDiv, DMin is second career clergy after working in the special machine tool field for over 30 years, and has served congregations in inner city Detroit and above the Arctic Circle. Duke has been a member of the University of Michigan Institutional Review Boards (both biomedical and behavioral) since 2006 and also presently serves on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program IRB as a community member and prisoner advocate. Duke is semi-retired and mobility challenged. He occasionally blogs for a local interfaith organization, and having written sermons weekly for many years, he is used to putting his observations into words and is comfortable speaking to diverse groups. Duke’s wife is a human research compliance specialist at the University of Michigan. At this point in their lives they both work to protect human subjects 24/7. Duke and his wife have eight children and fourteen grandchildren spread across the country.

Donna JarrellWith over 28 years of experience, Donna Matthews Jarrell, DVM, DACLAM has managed laboratory animal-based research programs in government (NIH), the biotech industry (Millennium Pharmaceuticals), and academia (Massachusetts General Hospital [MGH]/Harvard Medical School). Donna has served as director of the Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) and the attending veterinarian for MGH since January 2013. She is recognized as the first laboratory animal veterinarian to adapt the principles, practices and tools of lean management in a research animal setting which has resulted in more efficient, less costly, and safer vivarium operations. In 2017, CCM was recognized as a lean organization tour site for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) annual meeting held in Boston, MA. Donna is board certified with the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and currently serves on the board of directors for the organization. She serves on the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources (ILAR) Workshop Committee focused on improving laboratory animal welfare standards and was selected to be a member of the inaugural faculty of the Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) project. In addition to her duties at the MGH, she serves as an adjunct associate professor at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and as a health professional mentor for the Harvard Medical School Biomedical Students Careers Program. Donna received her undergraduate degree and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina and earned an Executive Education Certificate from The General Managers Program (TGMP) at the Harvard Business School in 2006.

Additional Resources

A collection of relevant background reading, further reading, links, templates, checklists, and/or charts accompany each PRIM&R webinar. Groups that register for webinars receive a discussion guide containing thought-provoking questions and facilitation tips that may help in using the webinar as an educational tool for IRBs.

PRIM&R’s Diversity Statement

PRIM&R seeks to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunity for all persons within its staff, membership, leadership, and programs.

PRIM&R aims to advance good scientific and scholarly research by enhancing understanding of and commitment to the centrality of ethics on the part of all stakeholders in the research enterprise. We consider the diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences found among those many stakeholders to be an asset to our mission of advancing just and responsible research.

We strive to be aware of how diversity evolves and changes over time, and to encourage and cultivate a climate of awareness, inclusiveness, and respect in everything we do. We value and celebrate any and all differences among our staff and constituents, regardless of factors such as age, country of origin, disability status, ethnicity, gender identity, marital status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or veteran status. Learn more.


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