As Vice Chancellor for Research Protections, Bill Yates leads the units in the Office of Research Protections (ORP). The ORP aids investigators in designing and performing research studies so they meet current ethical standards and conform to all applicable laws and regulations. The units that comprise the ORP accomplish this goal through education, prospective review of research protocols, consultations with investigators, and monitoring of ongoing studies. The ORP includes six principal units (human research protection, animal research protection, clinical research support, institutional biosafety, radiation safety, and conflict of interest), as well as research integrity oversight.
Yates is also a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology in the School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Neuroscience in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded continuous R01 grant funding from NIH since 1990 to examine vestibular system influences on autonomic regulation. In addition, he is heavily engaged in teaching of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, and was awarded the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2010.
Yates moved to Pitt in 1994 from the Rockefeller University in New York City. He received a PhD degree in neuroscience from the University of Florida in 1986.