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Staff & Board Membership

Administrative Staff

P. Gunnar Brolinson, DO
IRB Chair
Dr. Brolinson is Professor of Family and Sports Medicine and the Discipline Chair for Sports Medicine and the Associate Dean for Clinical Research at VCOM, Team Physician for Virginia Tech and Medical Director for the Biomechanics Lab at VCOM. He is also a volunteer physician for the United States Olympic Committee and Team Physician for the United States Ski Team. Dr. Brolinson is board certified in family practice and holds subspecialty certification in sports medicine. He is the director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at VCOM and Virginia Tech. Dr. Brolinson is a fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Family Practice and the American College of Osteopathic Family Practice.  His current research interests include mild traumatic brain injury in sports, impact biomechanics and oxidative stress in athletes.

James Mahaney, PhD
IRB Co-Chair
Dr. Mahaney is the Associate Dean for Biomedical Affairs and Research and Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the VCOM-Virginia Campus.  He is also a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech.  Dr. Mahaney maintains a research program in the area of cardiovascular drug design and testing in collaboration with colleagues at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and works with VCOM medical student researchers and Virginia Tech graduate and undergraduate students.  His teaching duties include oversight of the biomedical curriculum for first year medical students as well as biochemistry courses for the post-baccalaureate students. Dr. Mahaney is an active member of the Biophysical Society and serves on the Vascular Regulation and Diseases peer review group for the National American Heart Association. Dr. Mahaney received his PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia, and pursued post-doctoral research at the University of Minnesota Medical School. 

Kenny Brock, PhD, DVM
IRB Co-Chair
Dr. Brock is the Associate Dean for Biomedical Affairs at the VCOM–Auburn Campus. Dr. Brock is a graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (DVM, MS) and subsequently completed a Ph.D. in Comparative and Experimental Medicine at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Brock has extensive research experience as an infectious disease specialist, and is a professor at The Ohio State University and Auburn University. In addition, he has provided instruction in the professional veterinary curriculum and served as a mentor of numerous graduate students.

W. Eryn Perry, MA
IRB Director
Eryn is the Administrative Director for Research at VCOM and works to promote research and scholarly activities across all VCOM campuses. She also serves as the Institutional Integrity Officer and is responsible for managing allegations of research misconduct and conflicts of interest at VCOM.  Eryn was the founding director of the VCOM sponsored programs office and worked to establish the VCOM IRB, serving as coordinator from 2003 to 2007. As IRB Director, Eryn provides administrative oversight and support to the IRB.

Stephanie J. Hurt
IRB Coordinator
Stephanie is the Biomedical Affairs Assistant and Division Coordinator at the VCOM Virginia Campus. As IRB Coordinator, Stephanie conducts preliminary reviews on each proposal, assists investigators with the development of new Human Subjects Research proposals, and oversees the official review and approval processes. In addition, Stephanie provides administrative support to both the IRB Chair and Director.

Committee Members

Voting Members

Member Name

Degree(s)

Primary Specialty

Affiliated with VCOM

Relationship to VCOM

Chair: P. Gunnar Brolinson

DO

Sports Medicine, Biomedical Sciences

Y

Admin Leadership 

Co- Chair: Kenny Brock

PhD, DVM

Pathobiology

Y

Auburn Faculty

Co-Chair: Jim Mahaney

PhD

Biochemistry

Y

Virginia Faculty

Jack Caldwell

PharmD

Pharmacology

Y

Carolinas Faculty

Julisu DiMucci-Ward

MS

Epidemiology, Nutrition

Y

Carolinas Faculty

Skip Garner

PhD

Bioinformatics, Genetics & Ethics

Y

Administration

Mike Goodlett

MD

Sports Medicine

Y

Auburn Faculty

Herb Hobbs

MDiv

Ethics, Community Member

N

Non-Affiliated

David Moore

PhD, DVM

Research Compliance, Pathobiology

N

Non-Affiliated

W. Eryn Perry

MA

Research Compliance

Y

Administration

Jack Pledger

PhD

Cell Biology, Physiology

Y

Carolinas Faculty

Fred Rawlins

DO

Emergency Medicine

Y

Virginia Faculty

Beverly Rzigalinski

PhD

Nanobiology, Pharmacology

Y

Virginia Faculty

Mark Sanders

DO

Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine

Y

Auburn Faculty

Liang Shan

PhD

Biostatistics

Y

Virginia Faculty

H. Dean Sutphin

PhD

Education, Instruction

Y

Admin Leadership

Paul Switzer

MD

Psychiatry, Neuro-behavioral Sciences

Y

Carolinas Faculty

Non-Voting Members and Recorders

Name Title / Role
Greg Reaves Director, Office of Research Administration (ex-officio)
Stephanie Hurt IRB Coordinator, Biomedical Affairs Assistant and Division Coordinator

The IRB Chair and voting members are appointed by the President and Provost. The term of service for members is one to three years. The board has members from the community and across many disciplines in both the biomedical and clinical fields with various areas of expertise. The members’ contribution of time and knowledge is invaluable to VCOM and its commitment to the protection of participants in biomedical, clinical and behavioral research.