Featured Member Profile: Fredeswinda Rivera Ocasio

Welcome to another installment of our featured member profiles where we introduce you to a PRIM&R member who works to advance ethical research on a daily basis. Please read on to learn about this member’s professional experiences, perspectives on  membership, and personal outlook.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fredeswinda Rivera Ocasio, institutional review board (IRB) administrator at the Inter American University of PR in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

When and why did you join the field?
I joined the field in 2000 when my institution decided it was the right time to start moving from a purely educational institution to one that includes research as a part of the learning process. At the same time, my institution confronted the “reality” that research compliance was here to stay.

What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of the job is the constant learning and the interdisciplinary aspects of my role.

What do you most value in your friends?
I value honesty and strong personal values.

Why did you join PRIM&R?
To be able to network with colleagues, share field knowledge, and learn, learn, learn!

What is your favorite member benefit?
The educational resources PRIM&R makes available for members and the chance to be able to network with colleagues annually.

What would you say to someone who is considering PRIM&R membership?
Go ahead!!! It’s an excellent experience that is not to be missed!

What do you believe is a key challenge facing the field of research ethics?
Ensuring that institutions and researchers alike understand that following  high ethical standards can, and will, result in extraordinary research.

Thank you for being part of the membership community and sharing your story, Fredeswinda. We hope to see you again in San Diego at the 2012 Advancing Ethical Research Conference this December!

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