As I was pursuing my doctorate, I worked as the compliance administrator for the IRB office. My dual-role afforded me an insider’s view into the challenges student researchers face when accessing IRB related information. As the newly hired full-time research compliance manager, I continue to support students new to research. I am attending the 2018 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER18) to learn how other compliance administrators support new researchers and build trust between researchers and diverse communities. I am particularly interested in how other compliance administrators support intercultural communication. Read more


PRIM&R's IBC Boot Camp, which takes place September 18-19 in Denver, CO, will provide information, tools, and guidance for IBC, IRB, and IACUC professionals to help them keep compliance intersections from turning into compliance roadblocks. Attendees will learn strategies for improving integration and communication among regulatory groups and investigators to best support research that is ethical, collaborative, and interdisciplinary. IBC personnel will have opportunities for benchmarking, sharing resources such as SOPs, and networking with colleagues in the field. Read more


Meet Cate Alexander, Research Compliance Manager & IRB Administrator at Kaiser Permanente in Honolulu, HI. She is highlighted this month as a part of our featured member interviews, which aim to share the experiences of individuals within our membership who are making an impact on the research ethics field through their work. 

PRIM&R: When and why did you join the field?
Cate Alexander (CA): Like a lot of folks, I fell into research compliance quite by accident. I started out at a central IRB in 1999 and instantly fell in love with the mission, the ethics, and the passion that people had; I was hooked. Over the [...] Read more