Ernest Prentice PhD

Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Ernest D. Prentice is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He is also Professor of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy and a Courtesy Professor of Public Health. Dr. Prentice is the Institutional Official (IO) for both the UNMC Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and the UNMC Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP). Previously he served as the Executive Chair of the UNMC Institutional Review Board (IRB) and, for over 26 years, served as the Co-Chair of the IRB.

In addition to his scholarly work in the fields of anatomy and medical education, Dr. Prentice is a frequent contributor to the literature on the ethics and regulation of both human and animal research, and he is a frequent speaker at meetings on various aspects of research ethics. He regularly serves as a faculty member for PRIM&R IRB 101/250 and IACUC 101/201/301 courses, which are held at universities across the U.S. Dr. Prentice also serves as a consultant to universities, hospitals and law firms in the private sector, and he is often a member of national panels and writing groups addressing various aspects of research ethics and regulatory oversight of research.

Currently, Dr. Prentice is the Chair of the CITI Executive Advisory Board, a member of the Board of Directors for Schulman Associates IRB, immediate past-President of the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) and Chair of the ACRP Ethics Committee. From 2003-2007, Dr. Prentice served as the Chair of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protection (SACHRP). In 2006, the U.S. HHS Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) presented Dr. Prentice with a medallion for Outstanding Achievement in Human Subject Protections.


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