As a member of ACHRI’s regulatory compliance team, Ms. Brackeen is responsible for the administration and facilitation of the regulatory compliance and research integrity (ethics) assurance efforts associated with the human research enterprise of the institution. In this role, she serves as an educator and advisor to ACHRI and ACH, as well as to individual investigators, research staff, and UAMS’ Institutional Review Board (IRB). Ms. Brackeen’s primary focus is the day-to-day management and overall coordination of the human research regulatory compliance environment of the institution. The primary concern of these efforts is compliance with federal and state laws, rules and regulations governing human subject research, the rules of the IRB, and research integrity assurance.
Previously at ACHRI, Ms. Brackeen served as a research grant specialist administering the Institute’s intramural grant programs. Prior to coming to ACHRI in 2006, she worked for five years in the Fiscal Affairs Department at Hendrix College. Ms. Brackeen oversaw the conversion of the college’s purchasing system from a paper-based to an online system. She produced and conducted training on this system and coordinated the transition with external vendors. Ms. Brackeen also organized the college’s Internal and External Scientific Research Grants program. She assisted researchers in finding, applying for, and facilitating grants. She played a key role in increasing the college’s grants to over $2 million in three years. Ms. Brackeen worked in the hospital inpatient pharmacy at the Mid-Michigan Regional Medical Center-Gladwin Hospital for 4 years as a Certified Pharmacy Tech. There she gained experience with clinical trial protocols and drug orders. Ms. Brackeen has a bachelor of science degree in applied biology and an associates of science degree in industrial chemistry technology from Ferris State University. At Ferris State University, Ms. Brackeen performed three years of self-directed, grant-funded research to determine the mutagenicity of toluene in Drosophila melanogaster. Ms. Brackeen has been a volunteer at Arkansas Children’s Hospital since 2003.