Heather Gipson
The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPR&ED) has named Heather J. Gipson Assistant Vice President for Research Compliance, effective June 22, 2015.

Gipson previously served as Northwestern University’s Director of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)/Human Subject Protection, starting in 2010. She oversaw both biomedical and social behavioral research, managed the day-to-day operations of seven IRBs, administered a $2 million budget, and managed a 21-person staff.

“Compliance oversight is an often unsung but critically important component of a large research enterprise like the University of Iowa,” said UI Vice President for Research and Economic Development Daniel A. Reed. “Heather brings to the role an impressive portfolio, broad experience, and a demonstrated commitment to ensuring that investigators, laboratories, research activities, and protocol meet the highest standards for safety, health, and ethics.”

Gipson replaces James Walker, Associate Vice President for Research-Regulatory Affairs, who retired in April.

She has extensive expertise in research regulatory compliance; research infrastructure; misconduct and conflict of interest; HIPPA policies and compliance; partnership development between industry and academic institutions to foster joint clinical and scientific research opportunities; best practice models for human subject research; education strategies that support investigator development; and many other areas. Her research interests include bioethics, international human subject protections, biobanking, and federal policy development.

She has served as adjunct faculty and guest lecturer in the areas of medical sociology, healthcare law and ethics, social psychology, and principles of sociology, and has in the role of Health Law Externship Supervisor for the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.  She also has extensive background working with and volunteering on behalf of abused and neglected children and developmentally disabled youth.    

She holds a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University, an M.A. in Applied Sociology from the University of Indianapolis, and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University School of Law, where she focused in health law. 

Gipson’s hiring coincides with two other impending staff changes involving OVPR&ED.

Paul Cooper, Attending Veterinarian and Director of OVPR&ED’s Office of Animal Resources, is retiring June 30 after a 38-year career at the UI.  Associate Director Jim Sheets will serve as interim director effective July 1.

And Grainne Martin, who worked with OVPR&ED as Deputy General Counsel in the UI Office of the General Counsel, is retiring June 30 after 26 years at the UI. Adwin Hesseltine, recently hired to fill Martin’s vacancy, will begin at the UI June 24.  

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development provides resources and support to researchers and scholars at the University of Iowa and to businesses across Iowa with the goal of forging new frontiers of discovery and innovation and promoting a culture of creativity that benefits the campus, the state, and the world. More at http://research.uiowa.edu, and on Twitter: @DaretoDiscover.