Paul Braunschweiger, Ph.D., the co-founder and managing director of the CITI Program, a division of BRANY, has announced that he will retire as the CITI Program Managing Director at the end of May.

“This has been one of the most satisfying professional projects that I have ever led,” says Dr. Braunschweiger. It is amazing what the CITI Program has accomplished over the past 18 years and the positive impact that it has had on the global research community. I am very grateful for all the hard work and dedication provided by the CITI Program team and by the members of our advisory board”.

Dr. Braunschweiger, together with Ms. Karen Hansen at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC), co-founded the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) in June 2000 as one of the first online platforms to provide research ethics training and education to the research community. With support from the University of Miami and a consortium of experts from research institutions around the United States, the Program grew from the original ten collaborating institutions to now providing research ethics training and education to more than 1.3 million learners annually, at over 2,100 organizations worldwide. Dr. Braunschweiger will continue in a part-time advisory capacity and serve as a member of the CITI Program External Advisory Board.

Bharat Krishna, has been named as the CITI Program’s new Managing Director, succeeding Dr. Braunschweiger. Mr. Krishna, who previously led the i-Human Patients division of Kaplan Test Prep Company, has extensive experience in online learning, technology, content, and emerging product strategies. At Kaplan he held several leadership positions and has seen the company move toward facilitated online education, since nearly all students today have at least some of their coursework online. Prior to joining Kaplan, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company.

“The CITI Program, is an attractive opportunity to make an enormous impact in the continuing career development of research and science professionals,” says Mr. Krishna. “I am excited to step in to a solid and talented team who has led the growth of such a respected, successful program.”

“We are fortunate to have Bharat Krishna as the new leader of the CITI Program,” says Ernest Prentice, PhD Chair of the CITI External Advisory Board at CITI. “We believe Bharat will help guide the CITI Program into new growth and product areas while remaining true to our mission in research ethics training.”

“We are deeply grateful to Dr. Braunschweiger for all he has done for CITI program, and thrilled to welcome Bharat to our organization,” says Paddy Mullen, CEO of BRANY. “We believe this transition will mark the next phase of growth for CITI and we look forward to working with both of these experts to continue our leadership in research ethics online education.”


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The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) is dedicated to promoting the public’s trust in the research enterprise by providing high quality, peer-reviewed, web-based educational courses in research, ethics, regulatory oversight, responsible conduct of research, research administration, and other topics pertinent to the interests of member organizations and individual learners. | Meet our new Senior Vice President & Managing Director




BRANY is the premiere resource for research support services to hospitals, academic medical centers and investigators. BRANY's services, which are designed to improve research efficiency and quality, include an array of outsourced clinical trial start up services such as an IRB review, contracting and Medicare coverage analysis. BRANY was the first IRB in New York to be accredited by AAHRPP. Its family of companies includes the CITI Program and also the HRP Consulting Group (HRP), a consulting firm focused on human research protections and providing a broad array of consulting services to support organizations with their research ethics and compliance efforts. BRANY is also the developer of Protocol Builder®, a secure, cloud-based application that helps institutions and single users, such as medical residents and students, create better quality investigator-initiated protocols in less time with less effort.