This week’s Research Ethics Roundup focuses on new developments in primate and lab mice research, the replication problems arising in cancer research, and why the research community is embracing "open science" for researching the Zika virus. (more…) Read more


During her years as a clinician, Boghuma Titanji, MD, MSc, PhD, keynote speaker at the 2015 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER15), struggled to deal with cases of preventable, infectious diseases, particularly in children. Many times, the parents could not afford treatment and, as a result, the child died. During her interview for People and Perspectives, she talks about one such instance where a child with severe malaria died in her arms after the parents were unable to afford a blood transfusion. This experience, and [...] Read more


The final day of PRIM&R’s 2016 IACUC Conference (IACUC16) was another great chance to learn. The breakout session Beyond the IACUC: Understanding the Bigger Compliance Picture, presented by Barbara Garibaldi, Christina Nascimento, and Gina Prochilo-Cawston, included case studies of non-compliance. The scenarios illustrated how even incidents of non-compliance that appear minor on the surface could have underlying roots that require further investigation and reporting by the institution that goes far beyond the IACUC. While IACUCs may serve as first-responders to a non-compliance event, there are potentially greater implications that must involve others, such as hazard/occupational health and safety personnel, or regulatory, accreditation, and funding agencies. [...] Read more


The first day of PRIM&R’s 2016 IACUC Conference was packed full of informational and networking opportunities. The morning began with the breakfast for first-time attendees. My table group was composed of a non-affiliated IACUC member from Alaska, an IACUC administrator/facility manager from a small institution focused mainly on wildlife in the southwest, a research assistant from southern California, and a vet tech turned IACUC administrator from Ohio. Each person had a unique perspective to share. I could not imagine another setting where I could have such fascinating interactions.

After warm welcomes to the conference from the conference co-chairs, PRIM&R’s Lifetime Achievement Award presentation [...] Read more

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