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KIE graduate named director of prominent medical ethics organization

On December 3, the Board of Directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) announced that KIE alumna Elisa A. Hurley, PhD, has been selected as PRIM&R’s next executive director, effective April 1, 2014.

PRIM&R is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conduct of ethical research by providing research professionals with education and practical tools. Its 4,000 members include administrators, researchers, research staff, institutional officials, government representatives, subject advocates, ethicists, policy makers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology personnel, academics, and attorneys working in research ethics, human subject protections, animal care and use, and biosafety.

Dr. Hurley received her PhD in philosophy from Georgetown, where her doctoral research examined the moral significance of emotions, and held a Greenwall Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy at the KIE and Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Her post-doctoral work focused on the ethical implications of emerging technologies for manipulating traumatic memories.

Hurley enters the role of executive director from her post as PRIM&R’s education director, where she has overseen curriculum development and faculty cultivation for PRIM&R’s suite of in-person and virtual educational programs, including its annual conferences; managed PRIM&R’s public policy activities; and served as a member of PRIM&R’s senior management team. Hurley is co-author of a chapter in the recently-published book, The Future of Human Subjects Research (MIT Press), and currently serves as a nonaffiliated member on both an institutional review board and an institutional animal care and use committee.

Hurley is one of the most recent additions to an impressive lineup of leaders in bioethics with a KIE lineage.

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