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Breakthroughs and Barriers

Breakthroughs and Barriers

Gaining a seat at the health-care table
Spring/Summer 2015

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At the community health-care table

Drs. Cynthia Long and Dana Lawrence serve on the Genesis Health System IRB.
Dr. Long and Dr. Lawrence looking through booklet

If you have an interest, experience and education in areas such as research, public health or perhaps bioethics or biostatistics, you may be wondering how to get involved in health-care organizations at the local level. A local hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB) might be just the ticket.

Two administrators at Palmer’s Davenport campus are members of the Genesis Health System IRB. Director of Research Cynthia Long, Ph.D., has been a member of the Genesis IRB for about eight years.

“The research department coordinator at Genesis invited me to join their IRB as a scientific member, in particular because of my background in biostatistics,” she says. “I’d say having Palmer faculty and administrators invited to serve on these types of boards shows our expertise is valued.”

Dr. Long’s colleague, Palmer’s Senior Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Dana Lawrence, D.C., M.Med.Ed., M.A., serves as vice-chair of the Genesis IRB. “I was initially brought in to represent the bioethics side of things due to my M.A. in bioethics and health policy, so I started simply as a member. I have a keen interest in bioethics and human-subject research ethics.”

Serving on the IRB isn’t about advancing chiropractic, Dr. Lawrence says. “It’s really not about chiropractic here; it’s more about providing service and helping to protect those who are willing to serve as research participants.”

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