Featured member profile: Kerri Cote Plaud

Welcome to another installment of our featured member interviews where we introduce you to 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 Kerri Cote Plaud, MS, IRB coordinator at St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, MA.

When and why did you join the field?

I have worked in the clinical research environment for 12 years, first as a clinical research assistant and project manager for Dana Farber Cancer Institute, which is affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and then as the coordinator for the IRB at Steward St. Anne’s Hospital Corporation. My initial exposure to clinical research was simply by chance and good fortune.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of the job is being presented with thought-provoking situations to which solutions are not always readily apparent. The job requires me to be resourceful and analytical. There is always something for me to learn.

What are you reading?

I am currently reading two books: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, and The Holy Bible.

What’s your after-hours guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is eating sundaes: watermelon sherbet, hot fudge, whipped cream, and chocolate sprinkles. Perhaps by the time I finish reading the Bible, I’ll be better able to control the temptation!

Why did you join PRIM&R?

I joined PRIM&R for purpose, networking, and educational support.

What is your favorite member benefit?

Speeches delivered by keynote speakers at several of the conferences have been inspiring and riveting, to say the least. I silently challenge the conference planners after each session, “Go ahead, PRIM&R. Try to outdo yourself next time.” And they do! I also like to take advantage of the many learning opportunities.

What would you say to someone who is considering PRIM&R membership?

If you can choose only one professional organization to belong to, I would highly recommend PRIM&R. PRIM&R leaders have helped construct and support the ethical and regulatory framework for research through education, influence of public policy, mentoring, and opportunity for professional development.

What motivates you to maintain your commitment to advancing ethical research?

Progress and survival depend on trial and error. However, life is an inalienable right that should be respected and protected.

Thank you for being part of the membership community and sharing your story, Kerri! That sundae sounds delicious!

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