13
Jan2017

This week’s Research Ethics Roundup reviews the complex issues surrounding clinical trials and infants, concerns about publications not including all of a study’s adverse events, and the vice president’s new “cancer moonshot” nonprofit. Read more

12
Jan2017

Before attending AER16, I was warned that it can be a bit overwhelming. Between the choices in sessions, the panels, the keynote speakers, and information provided , there is such a wealth of information it can be difficult to process it all. Since the Ethical Research Board (ERB) at Nashua Community College (which I chair) is quite new, the list of tasks we have to create, consider, and complete already feels endless; moreover, picking a starting place is difficult, given that everything seems essential. Two of my sessions on the second day of the conference, helped me refocus my ‘to do’ list— and provided me the title for this blog post. Read more

10
Jan2017

PRIM&R advances the ethical conduct of research, in part, because of the work of its committed members. At November’s 2016 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER16), PRIM&R recognized the substantial achievements and contributions of Patricia MacCubbin in presenting her the 2016 Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA) Legacy Award.

[Ms.] MacCubbin has promoted the education of those involved in the oversight or conduct of ethical research throughout her career. Most prominently, she… [...] Read more

9
Jan2017

Each time a research protocol involving children comes to us for review, my committee members and I look to one another for help deciding how to balance obtaining potentially valuable information that might one day impact the lives of other children with the delicate exercise of approving a protocol involving children. Often, we don’t have the answer within our ranks, and do not know who to look to for assistance. We ask ourselves: "Who can help us now?" Read more

6
Jan2017

Much of my AER16 schedule focused on risks in vulnerable populations. For me, an important backdrop for these topics was presented in the Plenary Session A New Framework for Human Subjects Research? An Update from NAS, moderated by Alexander Capron. The presenters, Barbara Bierer, MD, Steven Joffe, MD, MPH, and Heather Pierce, JD, MPH, did not discuss research risks or vulnerable populations, but they discussed how the current regulatory and policy framework fits with current research practices. Read more

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