Responsible Conduct of Research Program, January 29

You’re invited to the next segment of 2013-14’s Broad Responsible Conduct of Research on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 12:00-1:30 PM, Broad Auditorium, 7CC.

The topic of our discussion, Research & Human Subjects, will be led by our guest speaker, Dr. Pearl O’Rourke.

Pearl 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.

Pearl has worked as a pediatric critical care physician at the 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. In her career in Pediatric Critical Care, she was active in clinical research in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), liquid ventilation, high frequency ventilation and pediatric resuscitation. In Seattle she served many years as a member of the IRB. Pearl has also been involved in international medical care, serving in China and Indonesia with Project HOPE.

In 1995-1996, Pearl 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.

Pearl is currently the Board Chairman of PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research).

This “Book Club” segment on human subject research will focus on the ethical issues found in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. A few copies of this book are still available at the Academic Affairs Office. Please stop by Room 5024 at 7CC or contact Angela Florentino if you’d like a copy of the book.

Also please RSVP as lunch will be provided!

Broad Institute Responsible Conduct in Research Training Program (“RCR”)
This Program provides a curriculum covering major areas of research integrity, a vital component for scholars conducting scientific research to carry out projects in an effective, efficient, and responsible manner. In addition to the online CITI RCR module, it is mandatory for all postdoctoral scholars whose primary appointment is at the Broad and for principal investigators (PI) with less than five years’ experience as a PI.
Questions re: Broad RCR Program, contact:

Vivian Holmes, OSR
Extension: 7132