Featured Member Interview: Darlene Knox

As part of our Member Appreciation Month, we’re launching a series of Ampersand posts that will introduce you to our members, 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 Darlene Knox, human research protection program (HRPP) administrator/program analyst at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center.

When and why did you join the field?

In March of 1998 I joined the field because of my interest in research, and to become a part of something bigger.

What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is helping to ensure that human subjects continue to be protected by advising, informing, and instructing investigators and research team personnel about proper submission protocol that is required by federal regulations.

What are three websites you visit on a daily basis?
Three websites I visit daily are VHA R&D, Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), and the VA Southeast Network – VISN 7 Home.
Why did you join PRIM&R?
I joined PRIM&R to increase my networking opportunities, get current information on research ethics and regulatory matters, and receive updates on PRIM&R activities.

What is your favorite member benefit?
My favorite member benefit is reduced fees for educational programs and the networking opportunities at PRIM&R conferences.

If you were planning our next conference, who would you select as a keynote speaker?
I would select any one of the many veteran subjects who have participated in a research study, so that their stories and experiences are the focus.

What advice do you have for young professionals interested in pursuing a career in research ethics?
If you are looking for a rewarding career that keeps you on the edge of your seat, then the field of ethical research is definitely the avenue to take.
Thank you for being part of the membership community and sharing your story, Darlene. Good luck with all your future endeavors.
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