I’m very excited about the opportunity to be a member of the Blog Squad for the 2017 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER17). As an IRB coordinator at Arizona State University, I attended my first AER conference in 2016, and I learned that the best part of PRIM&R is the community it builds. Through conference sessions and roundtables, PRIM&R brings together stakeholders from across the spectrum—policy makers, board members, staff, researchers—to discuss, present, debate, and learn from one another. The AER conferences give us incredible opportunities to converse and come to collaborative understandings of regulations and ethical considerations surrounding human subjects protections. With changes being implemented soon, learning from one another will be more important than ever. Read more
I am very excited to have attended my fourth Advancing Ethical Research Conference—and my first as a member of the Blog Squad!
I am an IRB Administrator at the University of Southern California specializing in social behavioral research. I initially became familiar with the IRB from the PI perspective when my master’s thesis went through IRB review in grad school. I thought the process seemed interesting, and the protections very important. After graduation, when an opening came up at my undergrad alma mater to become an IRB administrative assistant, I jumped at the opportunity. And when my colleague at the IRB left later that year, I applied for and was ultimately accepted to fill his shoes as an IRB Administrator. Read more
Fall is now upon us, and with fall comes the fall Certified IRB Professional (CIP) exam season and the Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference. For those who took the exam, for the first time or to re-certify, I hope the process was rewarding and meaningful! For those of you who attended AER17, I hope you found it as exciting and useful as I did. Read more
“Hi, my name is Dee Burns and I’m a medical professional.” This is how I introduce myself now because after being in this industry for 18 years, even my mother can’t explain my career to her friends. Read more
If you have ever reviewed a research study as a member or administrator of an IRB that included or involved pregnant research participants, you may be eligible for a new study on the enrollment of pregnant women in clinical research. As a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist, bioethicist, and the study principal investigator, I hope you will consider participating in a 20 to 25 minute online survey on IRB views and experiences reviewing research involving pregnant women. Read more
This week’s Research Ethics Roundup looks at the ethical implications of inserting human brain organoids into laboratory animals, the need for deep brain stimulation researchers to think about the potential long-term ethical dilemmas involved in their work, the argument for classifying certain kinds of organ recipients as research subjects, and President Trump’s new pick to be the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Read more