Featured Member Interview: Jillian Gardner

As an extension of our Member Appreciation Month series of member interviews, we will continue to introduce you to more of 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 Jillian Gardner, a lecturer at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics in Johannesburg, South Africa.

When and why did you join the field?
I joined this field in 2007, after taking up my current job as a lecturer in the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics. Prior to that I worked for a research institute as a coordinator, so it almost seemed like a natural progression.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Assisting researchers to make their research proposals more ethical; the opportunity to meet and jointly evaluate research proposals with colleagues from other departments; and teaching.

What is the last movie you saw?
The last movie I saw was Shutter Island.

Why did you join PRIM&R?
I was referred to join PRIM&R by a colleague. I was awarded a scholarship to attend PRIM&R’s 2008 Advancing Ethical Research Conference, and membership was part of the package.

What is your favorite member benefit?
Access to a number of educational resources and up-to-date information.

What would you say to someone who is considering PRIM&R membership?
This is a great opportunity to meet and network with staff and members of IRBs throughout the world, to share experiences, and to discuss issues of common concern.

What motivates you to maintain your commitment to advancing ethical research?
Part of what motivates me is a commitment to social justice.

Thank you for being part of the membership community and sharing your story, Jillian. We hope you liked Shutter Island!

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