Moji Adurogbangba, BDS, MPH, MA is a public health dentist and bioethicist who currently manages the Research and Ethics programs at The Scarborough Hospital in Ontario, Canada. She has 7 years experience serving on different research ethics boards (REB) and now serves as a research ethicist on the Network of Hospitals’ REB. Her area of interest is in addressing ethical issues in consent and capacity for treatment and research.
Wajeeh Bajwa, PhD is Director Regulatory Affairs, Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute at the University of Florida. Dr. Bajwa was a research subject advocate and regulatory consultant for the Duke General Clinical Research Center from 2002-2008. Dr. Bajwa was a founding member of the executive board of the Society of Research Subject Advocates. He was president of this organization from 2010-2012. He has extensive experience in industry and academia that includes helping to prepare investigators for pre-pivotal trial discussions with FDA, and writing INDs/IDEs. He has more than 20 years of experience on IRBs and Data and Safety Monitoring Boards/Committees. Dr. Bajwa also provides consults to investigators on ethical issues related to human subject research.
Renaud F. Boulanger works with the Advisory Committee on Research Ethics of the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada, where he also conducts empirical research on research ethics. He is an executive editor of the open access journal BioéthiqueOnline.
Jean Cadigan, PhD is Assistant Professor of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She is an anthropologist and member of UNC’s Research Ethics Consultation Service. She serves on two observational and safety monitoring boards for the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute. Her work focuses on ethical, social, and policy issues associated with genetic research, biobanking, and HIV cure research.
Alexander M. Capron, LLB is the Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics, Professor of Law and Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, Co-Director, Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics at the University of Southern California. He directs the research ethics program of the Southern California CTSI and heads its consultation service. He served as the first Director of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law at the World Health Organization in Geneva and was the Executive Director of the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research. He currently chairs the Board of Directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research.
Michele A. Carter, PhD is the Frances C. and Courtney M. Townsend, Sr., M.D. Professor in Medical Ethics at the University of Texas Medical Branch in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health. She directs the Ethics Support Program of the UTMB’s Institute for Translational Sciences and the Research Ethics Consultation Service. She has served on the UTMB Institutional Review Board for more than 7 years, is the Research Subject Advocate, a member of several data and safety monitoring boards, and a research mentor for the Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Research Ethics. Her major areas of scholarship include philosophical aspects of trust in the helping professions, ethical conduct of human subjects’ research, and translational ethics.
Mildred Cho, PhD is Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, Associate Director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, and Director of the Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics (an NIH-supported Center for Excellence in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research). She is also Director of Stanford’s Benchside Ethics Consultation Service. Dr. Cho’s major areas of interest are the ethical and social impacts of genetic research and its applications, and how conflicts of interest affect the conduct of academic biomedical research. Her current research projects examine ethical and social issues in research on prenatal genetic testing, the human microbiome, and synthetic biology, and the ethics of clinical and translational research.
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Reid Cushman, PhD is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Director of Technology Development for the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative. He is Co-Director of its Research Ethics Consultation Service and Director of UM’s Responsible Conduct of Research Education Program and. As part of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Initiative, Dr. Cushman’s current projects are focused on governance issues for tissue biobanks and electronic health data collections.
Marion Danis, MD is Head of the Section on Ethics and Health Policy in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. She also serves as Chief of the Ethics Consultation Service. Dr. Danis has studied patients’ treatment preferences at the end of life and the effectiveness of advance directives in promoting their preferences as well as strategies for fair rationing of limited health care resources and strategies to address the social determinants of health to reduce health disparities. As Chief of the Bioethics Consultation Service she has been the lead editor of the volume published by Oxford University Press entitled Research Ethics Consultation: A Casebook. She has chaired the International Society on Priorities in Health Care and has served on the board of American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.
Arlene Davis, JD is Associate Professor of Social Medicine and core faculty in the UNC Center for Bioethics. She directs the clinical ethics services for UNC Hospitals and co-chairs its Hospital Ethics Committee. She is member of the UNC TraCS research ethics consultation group and has served as an IRB member for 20 years. Arlene’s practical and scholarly interests fall at the intersections of law and bioethics. They are informed by her experiences in clinical and research ethics consultation, private legal practice, and in pediatric and public health nursing. Her current research collaborations and consultations often focus upon the meanings of creating and using genetic information, the high price of vulnerability labels, especially for children, adolescents and the disabled, and the ways in which law is deployed in research and health care settings.
Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD is Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Medical Humanities and Professor of Bioethics and Emergency Medicine and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He serves as a clinical ethics consultant for the Milwaukee VA Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He is the Ethics Committee Chair and a clinical ethicist at Froedtert Hospital, consultant in emergency medical research at MCW, and former member of the Research Ethics Consultation Service for MCW’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. He has served on the IRB of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His publications and research have focused on emergency medicine and ethics, emergency medical research, informed consent, confidentiality, end-of-life decision making, and the doctor-patient relationship. He is a member and past chair of the Ethics Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians, past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and former chair of the National Ethics Committee of the Veterans Health Administration. He served on the NIH Working Group on Informed Consent in Clinical Research Conducted under Emergent Circumstances.
Leah Eisenberg, JD, MA is Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She serves on two IRBs and is a clinical and research ethicist at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She has a special interest in health literacy and improving patient understanding of informed consent, assent, and HIPAA documents.
Stuart G. Finder, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Chief of the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service. He is also co-chair of the Bioethics Committee and on the Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee/IRB. Dr. Finder is the leader for the Research Ethics Consortium organized under the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dr. Finder is interested in exploring the complexity and implications of moral experiences as actualized in healthcare contexts, including the entire spectrum of the healthcare arena, from patient care to clinical and basic sciences research.
Robin N. Fiore, PhD is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and core faculty in the University of Miami Ethics Programs. She is Co-Director of UM’s Research Ethics Consultation Service and serves on the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee. As part of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Initiative, Dr. Fiore’s current projects are focused on ethically robust practices in connection with translational research and research involving biobanks and electronic health data.
Sara Goldkind, MD, MA is an independent research and clinical bioethics consultant. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine at George Washington University, a member of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Clinical Ethics Committee, and a member of a data and safety monitoring committee for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. She served as the Senior Bioethicist in the Office of the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration for over ten years. In that position, she addressed a broad range of ethical issues arising in cutting edge and innovative research, including research on vulnerable populations, rare diseases, and emergency care.
Sidney Golub, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at the University of California Irvine (UCI). He currently directs the clinical research ethics unit of the UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and chaired the UCI Human Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee from its inception in 2005 until 2013.He served on the UCI IRB for 10 years and continues to serve on a special IRB responsible for compliance and oversight problems. He also served on the founding Board of Directors of AAHRPP, the accreditation body for IRBs. His major interests are in stem cell ethics and public policy.
Hank Greely, JD is the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and Professor at Stanford University. He provides research ethics consults as a member of Stanford’s Benchside Ethics Consultation Service. He specializes in ethical, legal, and social issues arising from advances in the biosciences, particularly from genetics, neuroscience, and human stem cell research. He chairs the California Advisory Committee on Human Stem Cell Research and directs the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences and the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society. He serves as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology, and Law.
Elizabeth Heitman, PhD is Associate Professor of Medical Ethics in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Her work focuses on cultural dimensions of ethics, international standards for research oversight, and education for collaborative research. Dr. Heitman leads the research ethics consultation group for the Vanderbilt Institute of Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) and provides clinical ethics consultation for Vanderbilt’s patient care facilities. She is Co-Director of a research ethics education and capacity building program in Mozambique, sponsored by NIH’s Fogarty International Center, and a member of the National Academy of Science’s Standing Committee on Educational Institutes for Teaching Responsible Science.
Micah Hester, PhD is Professor of Medical Humanities and Pediatrics and Division Chief of the Division of Medical Humanities at the University of Arkansas Medical School (UAMS), where he directs the research ethics consult service for the UAMS Translational Research Institute and provides clinical ethics consultations at both UAMS and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), where he is also a clinical ethicist. Dr. Hester serves on the UAMS IRB and has been a member of two Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees. He also coordinates the Pediatric Ethics Consortium, which is a national professional initiative to promote pediatric ethics scholarship and education.
Elena Hoskin, MPH is the Associate Director for the Human Research Protection Program at the University of California, San Francisco. She is responsible for establishing IRB policies and procedures, and works closely with faculty to facilitate their research. Additionally, she creates and manages reliance agreements, and works to develop the UCSF central IRB program to promote collaborative research. Prior to working at UCSF, she was a Senior Research Associate at Population Council, working on reproductive health in developing areas of the world.
Liza-Marie Johnson, MD, MPH, MSB is a pediatric oncology hospitalist and bioethicist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. She is Chair of the Hospital Ethics Committee and a member of the St. Jude Institutional Review Board. Dr. Johnson conducts clinical and research ethics consultations at St. Jude and is actively engaged in clinical research. Her research interests are focused in pediatric ethics as well as quality-of-life concerns in the context of pediatric cancer. Dr. Johnson is particularly interested in improving communication and decision-making in the context of early phase clinical research trials or in research involving advanced genomic sequencing technologies.
Barbara Koenig, RN, PhD is Professor of Bioethics and Medical Anthropology at the Institute for Health & Aging, University of California, San Francisco, where she leads the research ethics consultation service for UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She co-directs an NHGRI “Center of Excellence in ELSI Research” that focuses on translational genomics, co-leads an NCI project on return of results in genomic biobanks, and directs the ELSI component of an NICHD award on newborn screening in an era of whole genome analysis. Dr. Koenig pioneered the use of empirical methods in the study of ethical questions in science, medicine, and health. She was the founding executive director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University; she created and led the Biomedical Ethics Research Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
Tracy Koogler, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the University of Chicago. She is also Assistant Director and Co-Director of the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She has been on the University of Chicago IRB for 9 years and Vice Chair for 5 years. She is on the Ethics and Regulatory Committee for the Chicago PCORI program and is a member on its central IRB Chair B. Her research involves organ donation, decision making for neurologically disabled children, and death and dying.
Stanley Korenman, MD is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Ethics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is the Regulatory and Ethics Program Director of the UCLA CTSI. He has been director of the Medical Scientist Training Program for MD-PhDs for more than 20 years. He has conducted empirical investigations on the ethical beliefs of scientists in comparison to their administrative overseers regarding the hierarchy of research misconduct and means of punishment. He has authored a book providing instructors methods and materials to teach research ethics. He initiated the Ethics Advisory Committee of the Endocrine Society and led the writing of its Code of Ethics. He is consulted on questions of research integrity as they arise before and during the course of research.
Stephanie Alessi Kraft, JD is a Senior Fellow at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the Division of Bioethics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her research addresses the ethics of research in integrated clinical-research settings, the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic testing, and issues in clinical communication and quality of life for patients with serious illnesses.
Walter Limehouse, MD, MA is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He directs the healthcare ethics consultation service, chairs the Medical University Hospital Ethics Committee, and founded the research ethics consultation service. Dr. Limehouse is faculty of South Carolina Translational Research Institute’s Clinical Research Ethics Fellowship and teaches clinical ethics to MUSC students & residents; his current research involves implementing and evaluating clinicians’ respect for patients’ choices regarding end-of-life treatment options.
David Magnus, PhD is Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics, and Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University. He directs the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and co-chairs Stanford Hospital and Clinics’ Ethics Committee. Dr. Magnus is co-director of the research ethics program for Stanford’s CTSA, is a member of Stanford’s IRB and Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee, and has extensive experience as a research ethics consultant. His research focuses on a wide range of topics in bioethics, including research ethics, the ethics of comparative effectiveness research, transplant ethics, genetics/genomics, and issues in patient/physician communication. Other leadership responsibilities include past President of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors and Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Bioethics.
Jennifer B. McCormick, PhD, MPP is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Ethics in the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at the Mayo Clinic Rochester. She is one of the core faculty members of the Biomedical Ethics Research Program and is the Associate Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Ethics Program. She also directs the Mayo Clinic’s Responsible Conduct in Research course. Dr. McCormick’s major areas of interest are the ethical, policy, and social impacts of translational genetic and genomic research and its applications; the challenges of navigating the blurriness between translational research and clinical care; and ‘big data’.
Ross McKinney, Jr, MD is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine. He is also Director of the Research Ethics Core for Duke’s Clinical and Translational Science Award program. Previously, Dr. McKinney was the Vice Dean for Research for the Duke School of Medicine. Dr. McKinney’s ethics research has focused on conflict of interest, but he has also published articles related to the ethics of sports medicine and issues related to informed consent. He has chaired several studies of antiretroviral treatment strategies for children with HIV infection.
Ann J. Melvin, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington. She has been a consultant with the Institute of Translational Health Sciences’ Research Bioethics Consultation service since 2007. She is the Senior Faculty Director for the Clinical Resources Program for ITHS and the Director of the Clinical HIV Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her interests include ethical issues in HIV research, research oversight and informed consent.
Christian Morales, MA is a doctoral student studying Bioethics and Health Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is currently serving as the editorial assistant for the Challenging Cases in Research Ethics column, which is based on the Collaborative’s monthly case presentations and published in the American Journal of Bioethics every six months. His research interests include privacy and health information technology, healthcare delivery payment reform, and global food and nutrition policy.
Pilar Ossorio, PhD, JD is a Professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin (UW). She is co-director of the Research Ethics Consultation Service, co-director of the Law and Neuroscience Program, and leader of the ethics core for Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping. She served for 11 years on the health sciences IRB. She is also director of the Ethics Program at the UW-affiliated Morgridge Institute for Research. Dr. Ossorio’s research interests include ethical and social issues in genome research and clinical genomics; human subjects research; uses of race in research and medicine; governance of data sharing in research; ethical and social issues in data science; and regulation of medical devices.
Rebecca D. Pentz, PhD is Professor of Research Ethics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. She directs the research ethics consultation service jointly sponsored by Winship Cancer Institute and Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Her empirical ethics research focuses on genetic testing, confidentiality, biobanking, return of results, duty to warn and informed consent ethical issues in early drug development. She has a special interest in pediatric bone marrow transplant and the effect on the family. Before coming to Emory, she designed and directed the clinical ethics program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She represents Emory on various national data safety monitoring boards and scientific advisory committees, including the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network, ALS repository, St. Jude, and the National Disease Research Interchange.
Kathryn M. Porter, JD, MPH is a Research Associate for the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and a research ethics consultant for the Institute of Translational Health Sciences. She also serves as the Coordinator for the CREC Collaborative. Her interests include research ethics and the ethical and legal issues related to genetics.
Rosamond Rhodes, PhD is Professor of Medical Education and Director of Bioethics Education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Professor of Philosophy at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and Professor of Bioethics and Associate Director of the Union-Mount Sinai Bioethics Program. For the past 27 years she has served in numerous roles at Mount Sinai including member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Secretary to the Ethics Committee, and Director of the Research Ethics Consult Service. Dr. Rhodes collaborates on a variety studies related to genetics, emergency medicine, research without consent, biobanks, and controlled substance research.
Lainie Friedman Ross, MD, PhD is the Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago and a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, Surgery, and the College. She is also Director of the Research Ethics Consultation Service, Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, and Co-Director of Translational Medicine (ITM) at the University of Chicago. Dr. Ross’ research focuses on ethical and policy issues in pediatrics, organ and tissue transplantation, research ethics, and genetic testing and screening.
John Z. Sadler, MD is the Daniel W. Foster, M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and a Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He has 25 years of clinical ethics consultation experience and developed his research ethics consultation knowledge and skills in the context of an NIH CTSA award to his institution in 2006. His own research in this area has focused on the ethics of research funding priorities, relationships between IRB and research ethics consultation, and most recently ethical issues in perinatal research populations.
Peter Schwartz, MD, PhD is Associate Professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Faculty Investigator at the Indiana University Center for Bioethics. He is also Associate Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). He directs the Translational Research Ethics Consultation Service of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and is a research subject advocate in the Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program (BSAP) and. Dr. Schwartz’s current research focuses on ethical issues and patient behavior in preventive medicine, personalized (or “precision”) medicine, and in the design and use of electronic health records.
Richard Sharp, PhD is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Biomedical Ethics Research Program at Mayo Clinic and the Clinical & Translational Research Ethics Program. He has studied the integration of genetic technologies into patient care, best practices for clinical ethics consultation, financial conflicts of interest in research, and ethical dimensions of patient advocacy. His current research examines how patients and healthcare providers view new forms of personalized medicine. Dr. Sharp advises healthcare organizations on ethical issues and has served on advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Medicine, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Seema K. Shah, JD is Associate Professor in the Division of Bioethics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a faculty member in the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. She serves as an attending for the Bioethics Consultation Service and the Research Bioethics Consult Service for the Institute of Translational Health Sciences. She has 9 years of experience on IRBs and DSMBs. Her current scholarship focuses on ethical and policy issues related to international and pediatric research and the determination of death.
Anne R. Simpson, MD is the Rust Professor of Ethics and Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, where she is also Associate Vice Chancellor for African American Health She is director of the Institute for Ethics, executive director for the Black Health Resource Center, and chair of the Ethics Consult Service. Her clinical practice is focused in geriatric medicine and end-of-life care with an additional focus on the social determinants of health.
Ryan Spellecy, PhD is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities in the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His scholarship has focused on research ethics, informed consent, ethical issues in psychiatry, and community involvement in research. He chairs an IRB at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is faculty advisor for the Regulatory and Ethics Module of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin.
Mark A. Stein, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics and a member of the Research Bioethics Consultation Service at Institute for Translational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. He completed a fellowship in Clinical and Medical Ethics at the MacLean Center at The University of Chicago. Areas of interest include neuroethics, clinical trials, incidental findings in research, and performance enhancement.
Eric S. Swirsky, JD is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Management at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He serves on the ethics committee of the University of Illinois Hospital and the Research Ethics Core of the university’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science. His current research interests focus on the impacts of electronic medical records and digital media upon heath care economics, clinical research and decision-making, and provider-patient relationships.
Holly A. Taylor, PhD, MPH is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a core faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. She is currently the Director of the Research Ethics Consulting Service at Johns Hopkins, serving faculty in the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing. Dr. Taylor has expertise in public health research, researchers’ obligation to their research subjects, informed consent, recruitment into clinical trials, research oversight, and has experience with quantitative and qualitative research methodology.
Benjamin S. Wilfond, MD is Professor and Chief of the Division of Bioethics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Director of the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Dr. Wilfond is the Chief of the Bioethics Consultation Service and a pediatric pulmonologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He coordinates the Research Bioethics Consult Service for the Institute of Translational Health Sciences. Dr. Wilfond is the former chair of the intramural NHGRI IRB and has 25 years of experience on IRBs and DMCs. His current scholarship focuses on ethical and policy issues related to genetic testing, pediatrics, and clinical research.
Susan Wootton, MD is Associate Professor in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Division at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and member of the Center for Clinical Research & Evidence Based Medicine. Since 2009 she has been actively involved in issues related to research ethics through her participation in a local ethics working group at UT and joined the IRB in September 2016. Her current research interests include vaccine policy and she is developing a collaborative project among multiple institutions to address vaccine delinquency rates within the largest school district in Texas.
Mark Yarborough, PhD is the Dean’s Professor of Bioethics at the University of California Davis and Director of the Clinical Research Ethics Program for the Clinical and Translational Science Center. He established the research ethics consultation service at UC Davis. His major area of scholarly focus has been on topics concerning the ethical conduct of human subjects’ research and he is particularly interested in discovering what practices contribute to making research trustworthy, as well as ethical issues related to stem cell research for neurological disorders. He has served on or consulted with IRBs since 1984.