CTSI Names New Director for Regulatory Support

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF has announced that Elizabeth Boyd, PhD, associate vice chancellor and chief ethics and compliance officer at UCSF, will become the new director of the Institute’s Regulatory Knowledge and Support (RKS) program.

The RKS program supports researchers in navigating regulatory and compliance issues required to conduct clinical & translational research, and works with partners to advocate for improved efficiency of the regulatory approval process. Its resources and services include a consultation service related to regulatory questions in a wide range of therapeutic areas, as well as training opportunities in regulatory knowledge and clinical research.

Her expertise...will help to make the RKS program an even better resource for investigators at UCSF.
Clay Johnston, MD, PhD

“Bringing in Elizabeth is a great development for the RKS program,” said Clay Johnston, MD, PhD, CTSI director. “In her role as associate vice chancellor, Elizabeth is already the key point person for regulatory compliance issues, and her expertise and integration with all facets of UCSF will help to make the RKS program an even better resource for investigators at UCSF.”

Dr. Boyd is a medical sociologist and bioethicist experienced in the development and coordination of compliance and integrity programs for both the main and medical campuses. She has also lectured nationally on conflicts of interest, ethical issues in clinical trials, responsible conduct of research, practice guideline development, peer review and publication ethics, and direct-to-consumer drug marketing.

Dr. Boyd received her postdoctoral training at the Institute for Health Policy Studies (UCSF), served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and as a consultant to policy groups including the Institute of Medicine, NIH/Office of Research Integrity joint program in research integrity, and the World Health Organization.

The previous director of the RKS program, Bernard Lo, MD, is emeritus professor of medicine at UCSF, and president of the Greenwall Foundation, which awards grants in the arts and humanities, and bioethics.

CTSI is a member of the National Institutes of Health-funded Clinical and Translational Science Awards network focusing on accelerating research to improve health. The Institute provides services for researchers at every stage, and promotes online collaboration and networking through UCSF Profiles.