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Barbara H. Frentzen, ARNP

Barbara H. Frentzen, ARNP

Special Interests

  • Research
  • Research Ethics
  • Brain Tumor Banking


Barbara Horn Frentzen, ARNP, graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. degree in Psychology and an M.S. degree in Nursing. She became a licensed nurse practitioner (A.R.N.P.) in 1985. She has conducted clinical research as a study coordinator, sub-investigator, and principal investigator for 25 years, primarily on investigator-initiated and NIH-supported trials. She coordinated the University of Florida Institutional Review Boards (biomedical boards at the Gainesville and Jacksonville Health Science Center campuses and a social-behavioral board for the University campus in Gainesville) for four years. She served as the Research Subject Advocate for the General Clinical Research Center, an NIH-funded facility within the UF/Shands at UF Health Science Center, for 5 years. As part of that role, she co-taught a graduate level course in research ethics to the NIH K-30 Fellows and to professionals from medicine, dentistry, nursing, and other health-related professions who were earning degrees in clinical investigation. She currently administers the Florida Center for Brain Tumor Research, a legislatively-mandated program for banking brain tumor specimens for future research and collecting related clinical data from patients who enroll in the program. Included in the Center along with the University of Florida are the University of Miami, Cleveland Clinic, Scripps Research Institute Florida, MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, Mayo Clinic, Florida Hospital, and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. She supervises the Department of Neurosurgery Research Office and has some administrative responsibility for the Preston A. Wells, Jr., Brain Tumor Therapy Center.