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Follow the Golden Rule: An Interview with Gary Chadwick

by Maeve Luthin, Professional Development Manager


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. Over the course of the next few months we will be shining a spotlight on members of the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) and Certified Professional IACUC Administration (CPIA®) Councils.  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 Gary Chadwick, PharmD, MPH, CIP, professor of medical humanities and bioethics at the University of Rochester in the School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Maeve Luthin (ML): When and why did you join the field?
Gary Chadwick (GC): My first contact with IRBs was in 1986 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in DC when, as director of quality assurance, I was asked about off-label use in research by the IRB chair. Later, after a short diversion working in the Office of the Surgeon General under C. Everett Koop, MD, I joined the Office for Protection from the Research Risk (OPRR, which is now known as the Office for Human Research Protections). Regarding why I joined the field, research ethics and the work that IRBs do are important and challenging. I enjoy being involved with this exciting field, especially now with the potential regulatory for change and the quest for new answers as technology expands.
ML: You played an instrumental role in the development of the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential.

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