Three volunteer Boards and Committees help provide governance and oversight for The Fenway Institute.   All participants are members of our community and are not paid for their service.   Their commitment to The Fenway Institute and our work is critical to our success and our mission.  If you would like to learn more about these groups, please Marcy Gelman at

The Fenway Institutional Review Board

The Fenway Institutional Review Board (IRB) was first established in 1987 to review proposed research projects that involve human subjects at Fenway Health.  The primary purpose of the IRB is to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of research participants by reviewing and approving research in a manner consistent with federal regulations, state and local laws, and institutional guidelines and policies. Many IRBs consist of full-time employees from the institution served, but the Fenway IRB is unique in that all voting members are volunteers who represent the diversity of our community.

The IRB must be sufficiently qualified through the experience, expertise and diversity of its members (including consideration of race, gender, cultural background, sexual orientation, and sensitivity to such issues as community attitudes), to promote respect for its advice and counsel in safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects.  In addition to possessing the professional competence necessary to review the specific research activities, the IRB must be able to ascertain the acceptability of proposed research in terms of institutional commitments and regulations, applicable law, and standards of professional conduct and practice.  Through their own professional and personal education and experiences, members should be qualified to meaningfully contribute to the IRB.


  • William Anderson, PhD (Interim Chair)
  • Amanda Barner, PharmD
  • Rachael Bonawitz, MD
  • Bryan Cook, PharmD
  • Mark D’Avila, LICSW
  • Domenic Gaeta, JD
  • Scott Hadland, MD, MPH, MSc
  • Matthew Lucerto
Alternate Members

  • Eli Godwin
  • Jose Martinez
  • Yvette Marts, MSc, CIP
  • Jamie Morley
  • Jason Santos
  • Reiner See, MD
  • Carl Streed, Jr, MD
  • Tsega Tamene
  • Kate Thomson, PhD

Institutional Biosafety Committee

Fenway Health established and empowered an Institutional Biosafety Committee to ensure compliance with the National Institute of Health (NIH) Guidelines For Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules.  The Fenway IBC has authority to review and approve, require modifications in, or disapprove all research activities occurring at Fenway Health and The Fenway Institute that involve recombinant DNA as defined in Section III of the NIH Guidelines.

The primary purpose of the IBC is to ensure the safety of human subjects and the environment when doing research involving recombinant DNA at Fenway.  It does this through the thorough review of protocols, informed consents, supporting materials, and research department practices.

  • Alicia Anderson, MBA, FACHE, BB
  • William Anderson, PhD
  • Jennifer Campbell, PhD
  • Mark Cayabyab, PhD
  • Bruce J. Dezube, MD
  • Abby Hornstein, MD
  • Chee-Seng Lee, PhD

Fenway Community Advisory Board

The mission of the Community Advisory Board (CAB) is to present community perspectives and to provide informed commentary about the conduct of the studies, especially with regard to strategies to educate, identify, recruit and follow individuals in those studies.  The CAB takes important HIV/AIDS research findings and disseminates them to the greater Boston community via forums and educational events. Additionally, the CAB provides input on appropriate risk reduction education and counseling methods, the establishment of referral networks for medical and support services, strategies for measuring risk behavior, and the development of approaches to inform and achieve community support for future biomedical and behavioral studies.  CAB members will serve as advisors to research staff and investigators at The Fenway Institute by presenting community perspective and interests.

  • Jon Caplan
  • Mark Cayabyab
  • Darrick Chan
  • James Corkery
  • Steve Csipke
  • Gary Daffin
  • Connie Englert
  • Kirsten Freni   (Co-chair)
  • Sunil Gulab
  • Jeffrey Herman
  • Raymond Hulse
  • Fred Mazyck   (Co-chair)
  • Nicholas Paulo
  • Cristina Richie, PhD
  • Nick Scanlon
  • Daniel Shea

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