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Rachel Lally named new director of Human Subject Protections Office

Rachel Lally has been named director of Penn State’s Human Subjects Protections Office (HSPO) effective April 6. Rachel will provide leadership to the Institutional Review Boards for Penn State Health and the Penn State College of Medicine.

Lally will serve as the overall program manager for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) program, including oversight of HSPO staff, policies and procedures. As the director, she ensures the office maintains a service-minded approach while maintaining the highest standards of compliance for more than 2,000 active protocols.

Lally comes to Penn State with more than 15 years of experience in public health, school health and clinical research, both as a researcher and an administrator. Her most recent position was with Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she was the assistant director of regulatory and administrative affairs for the Program for Protection of Human Subjects. She has spent two years developing single IRB and Common Rule institutional policies and practices. She also has a strong background in managing submission and review of research projects. Prior to her position at Mount Sinai, Lally worked at Columbia University in the Human Research Protection Office as the associate director for IRB management.

“Though IRB work is based in rules and regulations, I strongly believe that flexibility is the most important characteristic of an IRB professional,” said Lally, who added she is looking forward to supporting the Penn State research community.

Lally is a Certified IRB Professional and earned her bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and her Master of Public Health from Columbia University.

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