Director, Research Protection Programs; Adjoint Assistant Professor
University of Texas Health San Antonio
Kimberly Summers, PharmD is the Director of Research Protection Programs at the University of Texas Health San Antonio (UT Health SA). Dr. Summers has direct oversight of the functions and responsibilities of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC),the administrative offices that support them, and the Office of Clinical Research (OCR). Dr. Summers received her PharmD degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed a residency and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at UT Health and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) in San Antonio. Her research and early publications looked at the pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic actions of antifungals, antivirals, and antimicrobial agents. Dr. Summers has contributed to the scientific literature describing antiretroviral therapeutic approaches and collaborated with several national and international groups in the development of recommended treatment strategies for HIV infected individuals. Dr. Summers has been serving in leadership roles in human subject protections and research oversight since 2007. In her current position, she has been able to successfully implement programs in which UT Health SA has serves as either the reviewing IRB or a relying institution for multi-site collaborative research. She has developed an institutional review and oversight process which has worked for each external IRBs unique structure and function. This has given her critical insight into the importance of institutional oversight for human research protections and the challenges of implementing signal IRB review. As a SMART IRB Ambassador, she is currently working with national groups to implement the policies and practices for NIH single IRB review for clinical trials. This role also includes membership on the SMART IRB Harmonization Steering Committee (HSC), serving as the co-lead for the SMART IRB HSC Local/State Requirements ad-hoc Committee, and serving as a member for the SMART IRB HSC Process for Changes in PI and non-PI Personnel working group.
Tuesday, November 19
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Wednesday, November 20
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM