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Diercks named Regulatory Knowledge and Support director

WITH A BROAD RESUME in medicine and research, Deborah B. Diercks, M.D., M.Sc., brings a wealth of knowledge and experience


Deborah Diercks, M.D,, M.Sc., Director
Regulartory Knowledge and Support

to her new role as director of the CTSC Regulatory Knowledge and Support program. In this position, she is responsible for interpreting and integrating regulations that guide clinical research and supporting the CTSC’s overall charge to advance medicine through collaborative research to improve human health.

Diercks, now a professor of emergency medicine and member of the UC Davis Institutional Review Board, also is a national leader in clinical research. She was introduced to research methodology as a medical student though the study of medical records to better understand the impact of delayed diagnosis of breast cancer. As a resident, she continued her research career by studying the management and diagnosis of acute cardiovascular emergencies, and received additional training in her specialty area. As a third- and fourth-year resident she started looking into treadmill use for evaluation of low-risk patients and continued her work in this domain.

She also serves as a School of Medicine representative to the Western Emergency Services Translational Research Network (WESTRN), a regional consortium of leaders in emergency medicine who train the next generation of clinical investigators in emergency care. This group was established through collaboration among all western state emergency medicine programs located at sites that have received a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). WESTRN has established a pool of investigators for multi-centered trials and has been a huge benefit to emergency medicine research.

She is now dedicated to clinical practice and teaching. Her passion for training young physicians is rewarded by seeing them mature into independent researchers who conduct high-impact studies that advance human health.