Ernest D. Prentice is Professor Emeritus, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He is the former Institutional Official (IO) for both the UNMC Animal Care and Use Program and the Human Research Protection Program. In addition to his scholarly work in the fields of anatomy and medical education, Dr. Prentice is a frequent contributor to the literature on the ethics and regulation of both human and animal research, and he is a frequent speaker at meetings on various aspects of research ethics. He regularly serves as a faculty member for IACUC 101 series courses and PRIM&R IRB 101/250 courses which are held at universities across the U.S.
Dr. Prentice is a member of the Schulman Corporate Board of Directors and Chair of the CITI Executive Advisory Committee. He is past President of the Board of Trustees for the Scientist Center for Animal Welfare. In 2003, Dr. Prentice was awarded the Harry C. Roswell Award for contributions to the enhancement of laboratory animal welfare. In 2005, he received the Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA) Distinguished Service Award; in 2006, the medallion for Outstanding Achievement in Human Subject Protections from the HHS Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP); and in 2016, the UNMC Graduate Studies Program Distinguished Alumnus award.