Joint Lecture Series-Pierce
Reducing Burden for Researchers and Advancing Research Ethics: Is It A Tradeoff?
HEATHER PIERCE, J.D., M.P.H.
Heather Pierce is the Senior Director for Science Policy and Regulatory Counsel for the Association of American Medical Colleges, where she is the subject matter expert for issues related to the regulation of science and research, as well as interactions between industry, academia, and government. In a public lecture, she will discuss whether recent welcome efforts to reduce burden for researchers may be in conflict with a growing emphasis on transparency, research integrity, and research security. From headline reports on researchers' failure to disclose financial interests to concerns about the integrity and reproducibility of research, animal welfare, and human subject protection, external pressures on universities and researchers seem to be increasing. In this tension between a national commitment to decreasing burden and calls for more reporting, more transparency, and more accountability, where does that leave the academic research enterprise? Please join the Office of Research Compliance and the Indiana CTSI at this public lecture.
March 3, 2020, 4-5:30PM
Hine Hall Auditorium, 875 W North St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
HEATHER PIERCE, J.D., M.P.H.
Heather Pierce is Senior Director for Science Policy and Regulatory Counsel at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She serves as AAMC's leader for scientific regulatory issues including human subject protections, clinical research, conflicts of interest, research data sharing, evidence-based regulation, and collaborations between industry, government, and academia in biomedical research. She is the subject matter expert for the AAMC's Forum on Conflict of Interest in Academe and for Convey, the AAMC's global financial interest disclosure system.
Ms. Pierce is Chair of the Board of Directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), where she has been a regular contributor to in-person programs and webinars for over a decade and has served on the Board since 2014. She regularly speaks at national forums on issues related to the protection of human subjects, regulatory burden, research ethics, biospecimens, scientific misconduct, legislation and policymaking related to research, and research compliance, and has published articles and commentaries on these topics in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and The American Journal of Bioethics. She has served on committees, working groups and task forces of organization including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the National Dialogue on Healthcare Innovation.
Prior to joining AAMC, Ms. Pierce was an attorney in the Health Care Group of the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP in New York. Her regulatory practice focused on medical research and clinical care. She received her law degree from NYU School of Law and her MPH in Health Law from Boston University.
About the Joint Lecture Series
The Office of Research Compliance, in collaboration with academic units throughout IU, hosts this lecture series on key topics in research compliance. Twice a year – in the spring in Indianapolis and the fall in Bloomington – ORC brings in an internationally/nationally known speaker for 1.5 to 2 day visit including a public lecture and a series of meetings with relevant key stakeholders. Please join us. For more information and if you would like to collaborate with ORC on co-sponsoring such a visit, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.