Featured Member Interview: Emily Foster

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 Emily Foster, BA, CIP, protocol analyst at Vanderbilt University’s human research protections program.

When and why did you join the field?
I joined the field in August of 2007. I previously worked as a research coordinator and was fascinated by all aspects of research, including the regulations and guidelines side of things. Working for the IRB seemed like the natural progression.

What is your favorite part of your job?
My job allows me the opportunity to interact with notable doctors and various study coordinators. Every day is different and interesting.

What are you reading?
I am currently reading a book called Twins!, as my husband and I are expecting our first two children this September.

Why did you join PRIM&R?
PRIM&R is a unique organization that offers an unlimited number of resources and contacts for people working in the field. It is one of the few organizations that offers information specific to what we do every day.

What is your favorite member benefit?
I am personally a fan of the member Newsletter. It offers up-to-date information on everything research related. It’s a great tool.

If you were planning our next conference, who would you select as a keynote speaker?
I would love to hear a keynote speaker from the current administration, or hear a political analyst discuss how the health care bill will impact the future of clinical research.

What advice do you have for young professionals interested in pursuing a career in research ethics?
As a young professional myself, I would encourage other young professionals to consider a career in ethical research. It is an area that will always require oversight and is constantly evolving. There are so many areas to get involved in and it’s a career path that offers many opportunities.

Thank you for being part of the membership community and sharing your story, Emily. Congratulations on the new additions to your family!

If you’d like to learn more about becoming a member, please visit our website today.