Ivor Pritchard

Ivor Pritchard, PhD
U.S. Office for Human Research Protections
Keynote Speaker

Ivor Pritchard is the Senior Advisor to the Director in the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  He came to OHRP in 2004 from the Institute for Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, where he was a Senior Research Analyst. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University.  His research interests are in research ethics and federal policy, moral and civic education research and practice, and education policy.


William Lydiatt, MD
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bill Lydiatt attained his BS from Stanford University and his MD and residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. He then completed a 2 ½ year fellowship in head and neck oncologic surgery, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Lydiatt is board certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Currently he is a Professor and Director of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska. His research and academic interests are in prevention of depression in head and neck cancer, staging of head and neck cancers and exploring novel means of educating medical students including using art in teaching observational skills.


Jacob Dahlke, MSB
Vana Bioethics Consulting

Jacob Dahlke is Executive Director of Vana Bioethics Consulting, LLC, and also an instructor and Associate at the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University. His primary interests in bioethics include: clinical ethics consultation; multi-facility ethics committees; reproductive and LGBT issues, and end-of-life issues in healthcare. Jacob's past work includes time as a clinical ethicist, paternist, and high school teacher, traversing from Seattle, WA, to Burlington, VT, and a number of places in between. Jacob lives in Omaha with his spouse and two children.  He currently serves as a Community Representative on the UNMC IRB.


Edgar Sanchez
The Nebraska Medical Center

Edgar Sanchez is a Certified Medical Spanish-English interpreter and document translator for all medical specialties, departments and clinics at The Nebraska Medical Center.

 Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon, MD
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Bruce Gordon, MD is Professor of Pediatrics in the section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at the UNMC. Dr. Gordon has been a member of the UNMC Institutional Review Board since 1992 and served as Chair since 1996, and Executive Chair since 2011. He organized and is first Chair of a Joint Pediatric IRB with the Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. He has served on a variety of national committees and task forces (including the DHHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections Subpart A subcommittee) and served as the first chairman of the National Cancer Institute Pediatric Central IRB. He has been faculty at PRIM&R regional and national meetings, served as the co-chair for the 2009 PRIM&R national conference, and is the author of numerous original papers, review articles and abstracts regarding human subjects protection and research ethics.


Ernest Prentice, PhD
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Ernest Prentice is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and is a nationally recognized expert in the ethics and regulation of both human and animal research. He is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences and consultant to hospitals, universities and law firms.