Program Administrator, Bioethics Institute
Loyola Marymount University
Gianna “Gigi” McMillan, DBe, is the Program Administrator for the Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she manages the graduate and undergraduate academic curriculum and teaches Research Ethics. In 1996 she co-founded We Can, Pediatric Brain Tumor Network, a support network for families whose children have been diagnosed with brain cancer. This Los Angeles-based group evolved into a state-wide non-profit organization, serving hundreds of families each year. We Can became a national demonstration project that supported patients and family members – in Spanish and in English -- until it became the California chapter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States in 2016. Dr. McMillan has extensive experience as a Subject/Patient Advocate on local and national IRBs, was a member of the Subpart A Subcommittee for the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protection, and is a patient representative on the FDA’s Pediatric Oncology Drug Advisory Committee. She was a Student Director for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, has been a faculty member at PRIM&R since 2004, and is the Director of Community Engagement for the academic journal, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. Her primary interests are consent issues in clinical research and the use of narrative as an educational tool in bioethics.
Tuesday, November 19
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM