PRIM&R is pleased to introduce the members of the Blog Squad for our 2016 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER16). The Blog Squad is composed of PRIM&R members who will share their insights before, during, and after the conference. Check Ampersand regularly for their latest posts. Read more


“Administrative burden” is one of those phrases that always gets a reaction from the research ethics community. Although we strive daily to balance regulatory compliance, research integrity, and scientific progress, we often have investigators wanting a system with less regulatory strain. On September 22, 2016, PRIM&R provided a great resource to help identify and critically evaluate areas for improvement and move forward in that quest for balance by hosting the webinar Reducing Self-Imposed Regulatory Burden in your Animal Care and Use Program. Read more


After five and a half years in research administration, I felt it was time for a tune-up. I have observed that the day-to-day grind of the job can be taxing and strain even the seasoned administrator. There is also a need to remain vigilant against the casual drift towards complacency in protecting human subjects. So, I was delighted to learn that PRIM&R’s IRB Administrator 201 was coming to a city near me. Read more


Meet Cate Alexander, Research Compliance Manager & IRB Administrator at Kaiser Permanente in Honolulu, HI. She is highlighted this month as a part of our featured member interviews, which aim to share the experiences of individuals within our membership who are making an impact on the research ethics field through their work. 

PRIM&R: When and why did you join the field?
Cate Alexander (CA): Like a lot of folks, I fell into research compliance quite by accident. I started out at a central IRB in 1999 and instantly fell in love with the mission, the ethics, and the passion that people had; I was hooked. Over the [...] Read more


This week’s Research Ethics Roundup covers new ClinicalTrials.gov reporting requirements, the Cancer Moonshot panel’s recommendations, the Max Planck Institute’s sad discovery, and how European researchers are educating the public on nonhuman primate research. Read more

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