dr. Jeanne Zanca assumes the presidency of the IRB, after two decades of service by Dr. Richard Green

HANNOVER EASTNew Jersey, August 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — After 20 years of service, Richard Green, MD, PhD, announced last month that he was retiring as chairman of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the Kessler Foundation. Dr. Greene’s successor is Jeanne Zanca, MPT, PhD, Principal Investigator at the Kessler Foundation Spinal Cord Injury Research Center. In addition to assuming the role of President of the CISR, Dr. Zanca was promoted to Deputy Director of the Center.

Dr. Greene received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and his doctorate in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began his career at the Kessler Foundation in June 2002. He brought with him decades of experience, including research positions with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and New York Presbyterian Hospital, and teaching positions at Colombia University, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jerseyand the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I take on the role of President of the IRB in addition to my new position as Deputy Director of Spinal Cord Injury Research, said Dr. 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 the diverse research portfolio of our organization.

“I have experienced the IRB review process from both sides – as a researcher and as an IRB member. Institutional review boards play a key role in both regulatory compliance and in achieving 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.

As President of the IRB, Dr. Zanca’s primary responsibility is to ensure that Foundation research protects the rights and safety of research participants. She oversees the activities of the IRB, including reviews 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. Dr. Zanca also serves as the Kessler Foundation’s liaison with the Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation, Children’s Specialty Hospital and Rutgers – New Jersey School of Medicine for issues related to IRB Education and Fellowship Committees.

As Associate Director of the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research, Dr. Zanca will continue her research into secondary complications of spinal cord injury (SCI). 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. His current research focuses on promoting self-management of chronic pain and its consequences and improving the quality of personal support services for people with SCI.

Dr. Zanca contributed to the development of the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System, which provides a theoretical framework designed to improve the design and reporting of research, the education of health professionals, and the adoption of evidence-based interventions in the clinical practice.

Dr. Zanca is Associate Research Professor at Rutgers – New Jersey School of Medicine. She is also a co-investigator for the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (NNJSCIS), a federally funded Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCIMS) and co-chair of the SCIMS Knowledge Translation Committee.

Dr. Zanca serves on the Board of Governors of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) and chairs the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification Networking Group. Her service with ACRM includes past chair of the Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (SCI-ISIG) and membership on the Program Committee and Training Institute Committee.

Dr. Zanca reports to the President and CEO of the Foundation 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 the Center Director, Trevor Dyson HudsonMD.

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