After 20 years of service, Dr. Richard Greene last month announced his retirement as chair of the Kessler Foundation Institutional Review Board. Jeanne Zanca, senior researcher at the Kessler Foundation Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, was named to succeed him. In addition to assuming the role of chair of the IRB, Zanca was promoted to deputy director of the centre.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I take on the role of President of the IRB in addition to my new role as Deputy Director of SCI Research,” said Zanca. “I look forward to working with our well-established team to ensure that we protect the rights and well-being of our research participants and facilitate our organization’s diverse research portfolio.
Zanca, an associate research professor at Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School, is also a co-investigator for the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System, a federally funded spinal cord injury model system, and co-chair of the committee. national knowledge translation SCIMS.
“I have experienced the IRB review process from both sides – as a researcher and as a member of the IRB. Institutional review boards play a key role in both regulatory compliance and in delivering discoveries that can change the lives of people with disabilities. I will work with our team to maintain the highest level of standards of our IRB while reflecting institutional policies, federal regulations and guidelines,” she added.
Zanca’s primary responsibility as President of the IRB will be to ensure that the foundation’s research protects the rights and safety of research participants. She will oversee the activities of the IRB, including the review of research protocols; analyzing and sharing information about new or changed requirements for the conduct of clinical research; research protocol audits; grant status reports to managing and funding agencies; and maintenance of reference documents required for grant applications. Zanca will also serve as the Kessler Foundation’s liaison with the Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation, Children’s Specialty Hospital, and Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School for matters related to IRB training and scholarship committees.
In her dual role as Deputy Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, Zanca will continue her research into secondary complications of spinal cord injury. It emphasizes empowerment interventions – programs or services that enable people with SCI and their loved ones to take the necessary steps in daily life to prevent and manage complications from SCI.
Zanca contributed to the development of the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System, which provides a theoretical framework designed to improve research design and reporting, the education of healthcare professionals, and the adoption of evidence-based interventions in clinical practice. .
Zanca reports to Foundation President and CEO Rodger DeRose in her role as Chair of the IRB. As Deputy Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, she will continue to report to Center Director Dr. Trevor Dyson-Hudson.
Dr. Jeanne Zanca, newly appointed Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Deputy Director of the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research at the Kessler Foundation.