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


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


In collaboration with First Clinical Research, each month we share a new question and accompanying anonymous survey, designed to encourage critical thinking about questions in clinical research and highlight discussion generated by the prior month’s question.

This month's question:

Researchers have identified a previously unknown but fairly common viral disease in certain developing countries: infant maternalitis, in which an infant is born with a serious allergy to the mere presence of his or her mother. For reasons that are not understood, [...] Read more


Are you attending the 2017 Advancing Ethical Research Conference? Would you like to participate in a research study to discuss the risks and benefits of conducting record linkage studies during the conference? If so, please join us for lunch and discussions on Nov 5th (Sunday), 12:00-1:30pm in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Room 005 (on the River Level of the Convention Center.) Read more

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