New director named for Human Research Protection Program

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Jan L. Hewett

Jan L. Hewett, formerly at the University of Michigan, has been named director of Yale’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), announced Andrew Rudczynski, associate vice president for research.

HRPP is a University-wide program that ensures Yale researchers adhere to the highest ethical standards in the protection of human research participants. Central to HRPP function is the work of Yale’s Institutional Review Boards (IRB): four biomedical committees, collectively known as the Human Investigation Committee, and one social/behavioral/educational committee, known as the Human Subjects Committee. 

“Ms. Hewett’s training and experience as a clinician, researcher, attorney, and IRB director provide an outstanding platform for leadership of our Human Researcher Protection Program,” said Rudczynski.

Hewett, who will take up her new post on March 1, has been director of the University of Michigan Medical School Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research, since 2006.

Previously, she served as a senior grants and contracts officer in research and technology development services at Georgetown University, and supervisor of research operations at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown, where also was a clinical research nurse specialist in oncology, and clinical research nurse coordinator in clinical pharmacology. 

She has served as consumer representative member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee, and has presented nationally for Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network IRB Directors Forum, the Annual FDA Inspections Summit, and the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protections Programs.

Trained as a nurse in her native Australia, Hewett received her B.S.N. from Georgetown University School of Nursing and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

She is co-author on a number of peer-reviewed articles in the areas of medical law, research results, and IRB function.

More information about Human Research Protection Program, can be found on the HRPP website.

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