Representing the Jewish community
Rabbi Glasman told The AJN, "After serving for over a year on the ethics committee at the Royal Children's Hospital, I became increasingly fascinated by human research and the benefits it has for society.
Rabbi Yaakov Glasman of St Kilda Shule has recently been appointed as the first ever rabbi to Deakin University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) in the pastoral carer division.
In 2021, he became the first rabbi appointed to the Royal Children’s Hospital’s HREC.
It is the job of the human research ethics committee to review research proposals involving human participants to ensure that they are ethically acceptable. Human research ethics is research conducted with or about people and all human interaction.
Rabbi Glasman told The AJN, “After serving for over a year on the ethics committee at the Royal Children’s Hospital, I became increasingly fascinated by human research and the benefits it has for society.
“Hospital research is of course focused predominantly on medicines and patient treatment so when I saw a position open up at Deakin University which has a very broad scope of research outside the field of medicine, it was very appealing to me.”
He attended the first meeting of the HREC at the Deakin campus only two weeks ago.
“I am very thankful to the board of my shule which understands the importance of my service not only to our incredible St Kilda Shule community, but also to the wider Victorian community,” Rabbi Glasman said.
He also explained that he is especially grateful to Dr Louis Cukierman, a veteran HREC member at Deakin who was assigned as his mentor as “I find my feet with the exceptional team I am privileged to have joined”.
Rabbi Glasman said, “I look forward to continuing to try and make a positive difference and hope to represent the Jewish community at the standard with which it deserves to be represented.”