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 Lisa Shaner, IRB analyst at MetroHealth System in Cleveland, OH.
When and why did you join the field?
After I graduated from college in 1999 with a pre-medicine degree, I worked on three research projects. In 2004, while working on one of the projects I obtained my masters of public health degree. I joined the field in March 2008 because I knew I could use my background and my concern for the health and well-being of people to assist the IRB in its mission to protect human subjects.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I enjoy helping the research coordinators and principal investigators fill out the IRB electronic applications and guide them through writing their consents, assents, verbal scripts, and any documents that might be handed to the subject.
I joined because my boss told me I needed to join.
What is your favorite member benefit?
I’ve enjoyed discounted fees for conferences and a discounted fee for my CIP exam. I also like the Newsletters I receive via e-mail.
If you were planning our next conference, who would you select as a keynote speaker?
As keynote speaker I would like to hear the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research acting director Karen Midthun, MD.
What motivates you to maintain your commitment to advancing ethical research?
My concern for the health and well-being of people is what motivates me to maintain my commitment to advancing ethical research. There will always be people wanting to enroll in research studies, and I think I am part of a team that is responsible for their safety.
What do you believe is a key challenge facing the field of research ethics?
Since patient data is readily available with the electronic medical record and the computer has become the favorite storage device of investigators, I think the key challenge facing the field of research ethics is data security.
Thank you for being part of the membership community and sharing your story, Lisa. Good luck on your CIP exam!