This week’s Research Ethics Roundup reviews the ways research with biospecimens has changed since Henrietta Lacks' story made news, how the National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s grant application changes focus on transparency in preclinical research, how ethicists can avoid stereotyping prisoners who choose to participate in research, and how one of the top research search engines is improving transparency efforts. Read more
While change is often perceived as something to fear, armed with the right mindset, the proper tools, and a strong network, professional change can be an opportunity for something great. This sentiment encapsulates my experience joining PRIM&R and attending IACUC17! Read more
Because of the intensity of my institution’s human research program, I always have to strike a balance, upon returning from a PRIM&R Advancing Ethical Research conference, between wanting to immediately focus on incorporating what I’ve learned—policy revisions, procedural changes, and staff/member training ideas—and having to jump instead into the usual fray of trying to keep up with “normal” responsibilities. As with so many things in life, compromise and balance come into play. Read more
The University of Southern Maine's Maine Regulatory Training and Ethics Center (MeRTEC), with support from HHS’ Office of Research Integrity, is working to build capacity in the field of research integrity by expanding the community of researchers studying responsible conduct of research (RCR), drafting and building buy-in for an RCR research agenda, and enhancing what we know about RCR training. These efforts aim to enhance the RCR knowledge base and strengthen our ability to communicate the positive results of a culture of research integrity. Read more
I recently attended a lecture titled, “Your Parameter is My Process,” in which a former professor of mine recounted her experience working on interdisciplinary research teams. She had noticed that questions she spent years investigating as a hydrologist were, in contrast, boiled down to simple equations or variables in an ecologist’s study—and vice versa. The takeaway was that based on a person’s background, training, education, and experience, they approach a problem differently. Read more
For Sharon Shriver, it’s a simple equation. “Poorly designed research is inherently unethical,” says the director of programs for PRIM&R.
Part of the remedy, Shriver says, is to incorporate ethical considerations into study design. “It’s not a focus for institutional review boards [IRBs], but it should be,” she notes. Read more