Edward Kuczynski

Director, Human Research Protection Program

Edward joined the UCSF Office of Research as its Director of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) in May 2020. In this role, he oversees the UCSF HRPP, which is comprised of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and its committees, the Quality Improvement Unit, and the Human Gamete, Embryo and Stem Cell Research (GESCR) Committee. Edward focuses on matters pertaining to ensuring the safety of participants in human studies research, determining whether research proposals require IRB review and approval, and expediting the processes and systems in place to approve and monitor research involving human participants at UCSF. As HRPP director, Edward reports to Senior Associate Vice Chancellor - Research Infrastructure & Operations Brian Smith and collaborates with Associate Director of Clinical Trials Payam Nahid through whom he connects with the Clinical Trialist Advisory Committee, a UCSF-wide advisory body on clinical trials operations.

Edward has a background in strategic planning and business plan implementation for clinical research activities; experience building and directing clinical and research programs at Academic Medical Centers; and familiarity with creating de novo core clinical research support services. He has served as co-investigator on the NIH Clinical Network for Contraceptive Research grant, clinical site investigator for an NIH-funded grant studying Antiphospholipid Pregnancy Loss, and co-investigator on a March of Dimes program grant on risk factors for prematurity. More recently, Edward was a Strategic Advisor for Clinical and Translational Research Programs at the Stanford University Center for Clinical & Translational Research & Education. He has also served as the Director of Clinical Research Operations for the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a consult lead for the Johns Hopkins University/Tufts University Trial Innovation Center, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.