by Megan Frame, Membership Coordinator
Welcome to another installment of our featured member interviews where we introduce you to our members—individuals who work to advance ethical research on a daily basis. Please read on to learn more about their professional experiences, how membership helps connect them to a larger community, and what goes on behind-the-scenes in their lives!
Today we’d like to introduce you to Erika Basile, director of research ethics at the Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.
Megan Frame (MF): When and why did you join the field?
Erika Basile (EB): I knew as a teenager that I wanted to get into research. My introduction to the field took place when I was completing my undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia. I worked in multiple sclerosis research and my boss, who I believe helped pave the way for where I am today, gave me the opportunity to run my own research project. I was so excited to get into the lab and figure out how to answer my research question. In the end, I was able to publish my results in a well-respected journal and present my findings at an international conference. I still look up the papers I wrote once in a while to see who has used them to help answer their own research questions. It was very fulfilling for me. It is also gratifying to know that what I was doing was a part of something bigger and that my work might help bring us one step closer to curing a disease or understanding why people react differently to the same medication.
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