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Northwestern Appoints Nathalia Henry New IRB Executive Director

Nathalia Henry

Nathalia Henry, executive director of the Institutional Review Board Office

Following an extensive national search, Northwestern University has named Nathalia Henry as its new executive director of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Office.

Henry joins Northwestern from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) where she was the research associate compliance officer and human protections administrator for the past four years. Previously, Henry served in several research compliance and operational roles across various research environments, including as the manager of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Office of Research and at Pharmacia-Pfizer.

“I am delighted to return to Northwestern after spending the past 11 years with some of our world-class affiliates,” says Henry, who worked at the University as an IRB senior coordinator and then IRB manager from 2003-06. “It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to serve and to partner with Northwestern’s research community on the Chicago and Evanston campuses. I look forward to working within and alongside the astute teams of the IRB Office and other Office for Research departments to continue to bolster Northwestern’s Human Research Protection Program.”

Henry obtained her masters of science degree in molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry from Southern Illinois University, where she began her research career as a basic science investigator. She transitioned away from the laboratory in 2001 to pursue her interests in the evolving human research regulatory environment, with a focus on drug development, ethical research conduct, and the translation of research discoveries from bench to bedside. Henry is a Certified IRB Professional (CIP) and a Certified Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC) professional.

“We’re excited to welcome Nathalia back to Northwestern. Throughout her time here and with our clinical affiliates, she has built thriving relationships across the research enterprise,” says Ann Adams, associate vice president for research. “I would also like to thank Kathleen Murphy, Evanston IRB office manager, for having taken on the additional responsibilities of interim executive director with impressive enthusiasm and dedication.”