Speakers



P. Pearl O'Rourke
Director of Human Research Affairs, Partners Healthcare Systems
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Keynote Speaker

Pearl O'Rourke is the Director of Human Research Affairs at Partners HealthCare Systems in Boston and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard.  She oversees the systems that support regulatory and ethical oversight of human research and embryonic stem cell research.

Dr. O'Rourke worked as a pediatric critical care physician in Boston and Seattle; was active in clinical research and international medical care. Following a 1995-1996 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellowship working for Senator Edward Kennedy, she was the Deputy Director of the Office of Science Policy in the Office of the Director at the NIH. 

 

Christopher J. Kratochvil, MD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research
Vice President for Research, Nebraska Medicine

University of Nebraska Medical Center
Keynote Speaker

Christopher J. Kratochvil, MD is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research at the University of Nebraska Medicine (UNMC), Vice President for Research for Nebraska Medicine, Chief Medical Officer for UNeHealth, member of the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit Leadership Team, and a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at UNMC. 

As Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research at UNMC and Vice President for Research for the clinical enterprise, he leads many of the campus clinical research activities. He is the Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Medical Director of the Clinical Research Center, Director of the Nebraska Biobank, coordinates clinical research activities for the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, and serves on the BioNebraska Board of Directors.

Dr. Kratochvil is the Chief Medical Officer for UNeHealth, a not-for-profit corporation representing Nebraska Medicine, UNMC, and UNMC-Physicians.  UNeHealth was formed to serve as a point of contact for commercial clinical research partnerships and growth.

Dr. Kratochvil received both his Bachelor of Arts and medical degrees from Creighton University, completed a residency in Psychiatry at the Creighton-Nebraska Joint Residency Program, and went to Duke University Medical Center, where he completed a residency in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Kratochvil has authored or co-authored over 100 manuscripts, and co-edited Pediatric Psychopharmacology: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition, Oxford Press, 2011.

Dr. Kratochvil’s research interests include clinical research and drug development, and he serves on the FDA Psychopharmacology Drug Panel.
 Bruce Gordon, MD

Bruce Gordon, MD
Executive Chairman, UNMC IRB
Professor of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation

University of Nebraska Medical Center
Keynote Speaker

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

Ernest Prentice, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Institutional Official, Human Research Protection Program
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Speaker

Dr. Ernest D. Prentice is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).  Dr. Prentice is the Institutional Official (IO) for both the UNMC Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and the UNMC Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP).  Previously he served as the Executive Chair of the UNMC Institutional Review Board (IRB) and, for over 26 years, served as the Co-Chair of the IRB.  

Dr. Prentice is a frequent contributor to the literature on the ethics and regulation of both human and animal research, and he is a frequent speaker at meetings on various aspects of research ethics.  He regularly serves as a faculty member for PRIM&R IRB 101/250 and IACUC 101/201/301 courses, which are held at universities across the U.S.  Dr. Prentice also serves as a consultant to universities, hospitals and law firms in the private sector, and he is often a member of national panels and writing groups addressing various aspects of research ethics and regulatory oversight of research.  

Joseph S. Brown, PhD
Vice Chairman, UNMC IRB
Professor of Psychology
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Speaker

Joseph S. Brown holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and is a Professor of Psychology UNO.  He has served as a member of the UNMC/UNO IRB for over 20 years and currently serves as a vice-chair.  He has published a number of papers on issues effecting human subjects, on topics ranging from compensation of subjects to inclusion of women in clinical trials.  He is a past holder of the Schumacher Chair of Ethics at UNO.

Jennifer I. Kucera, MS, CIP
IRB Administrator/Education Coordinator
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Speaker

Jennifer Kucera has been the IRB Administrator/Education Coordinator in the Office of Regulatory Affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for over five years where she regularly presents to students, faculty, staff, and researchers on research ethics and the IRB submission process.  Prior to her work in the IRB, she was involved in the conduct of clinical trials at The Nebraska Medical Center and bioanalytical data analysis at MDS Pharma Services.  Ms. Kucera has presented at the Annual Advancing Ethical Research PRIM&R Conference and the Regional ACRP meeting.