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May2012

Welcome to another installment of our featured member profiles where we will continue to introduce you to more of our members—individuals who work to advance ethical research on a daily basis.

In honor of Member Appreciation Month, we will be introducing you to a couple of our members each week. 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 Jeanelle Graham, research compliance specialist at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL.

When and why did you join the field?
I joined the field of research compliance in 2006.  When I noticed a job posting for a research compliance specialist, I saw it as an opportunity to expand my knowledge of research in a different way. Previously, I had been involved with participant recruitment and retention.

What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is helping to relieve some of the anguish students feel when they have to develop an institutional review board application for the first time. When they find out the process is not as bad as expected, they are relieved.

What are you reading?
Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones

Why did you join PRIM&R?
Membership was recommended by my colleagues when I joined the field.

What is your favorite member benefit?
Networking at the annual Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference.  

If you were planning our next conference, who would you select as a keynote speaker?
Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, Surgeon General of the United States

What do you believe is a key challenge facing the field of research ethics?
I believe the push to publish is a key challenge facing the field of research ethics. Publishing research findings is important; however, ensuring that the information being disclosed was obtained in an ethical manner is of the utmost importance.

Thank you for being part of the membership community and sharing your story, Jeanelle.
If you’d like to learn more about becoming a member, please visit our website today.

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