RIM: Research and Research Education

Biography: Dr. Dushyantha Jayaweera

Dr. Dushyantha T. Jayaweera was appointed as the Executive Dean for Research and Research Education for the Miller School of Medicine on September 1, 2015. He was the Associate Vice Provost for Human Subject Protection prior to this appointment. Dr. Jayaweera has over 20 years of experience in HIV and serves as the Director for the HIV/HCV co-infection clinic. He has received grant support from the National Institutes of Drug Abuse, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Jayaweera has led and continues to lead numerous industry-funded trials HIV and HIV/HCV coinfection and has published more than 70 peer-reviewed research articles, while maintaining a clinical practice and serving the UM research community. Additionally, he serves the larger South Florida community as an AIDS educator, and is a senior faculty member of the AIDS Education and Training Center.

In 2012, he was appointed Associate Vice Provost for Human Subject Research overseeing the activities of the IRB committees and of the HSRO staff, and acting as a liaison between the IRBs and senior institutional leadership. He was instrumental in initiating a new IRB study submission program called IRB 7. He spearheaded the accreditation efforts on behalf of the University’s Human Research Protection Program and the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs awarded the University of Miami Human Subject Research Protection Program full accreditation in June 2015. He was also instrumental in the creation or revision of a variety of policies and practices in an effort to increase compliance while partnering with Investigators in addressing their concerns.

He received his M.D. degree in Sri Lanka, and trained in medicine in Sri Lanka, Great Britain, and Loyola University of Chicago. In 1992, he came to UM after serving as senior registrar (equivalent to chief resident) at Birmingham in the United Kingdom. In conjunction with other esteemed faculty members at UM, he has been instrumental in initiating minority HIV and HIV/HCV care clinics in Miami. He has also contributed to inner-city education in Miami-Dade County as well as disaster relief in Honduras, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Haiti.

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