After participating for the second time in PRIM&R’s Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference (the first time being in Boston at AER15), I am reminded of a familiar phrase often spoken by my dear mother: "nothing new...but everything new.” With this I mean that although the topics addressed during each of the conferences I attended were not new to me, the conference sessions revealed new insights because of the exceptional way each of the speakers presented them. In particular, each session provided practical ways to continue my commitment to ethical research and respect for the research within my local context despite a lack of regulation for social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER). Read more
This week’s Research Ethics Roundup highlights the argument for treating medical data donations like organ donations, bioethicists’ suggestions for how to lower drug costs, how Australian animal researchers are using unpiloted drones, and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s decision to re-publish a portion of the Animal Welfare Act records that they previously removed. Read more
In January 2017, PRIM&R hosted a webinar titled Reducing Noncompliance While Facilitating Research: Strategies for IACUCs, presented by Barbara Garibaldi, DVM, DACLAM, and Emily Hearne, MS. The recording of this webinar is available for individuals to purchase in PRIM&R’s online store. If you would like to purchase the webinar for group viewing, please download the order form (pdf) and send it to email@example.com. Read more
Welcome to another installment of our featured member interviews in which we introduce you to our members—individuals who work to advance ethical research on a daily basis. Please read on to learn more about their professional experiences and how membership helps connect them to a larger community.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Carissa Minder, RN, BSN, CIP, senior project specialist - CIRB in the office of human research protection at Washington University in St. Louis. Read more
On January 28, 2017, PRIM&R hosted PRIM&R’s Primer on the Revised Common Rule, a webinar to introduce the human subjects research community to the changes present in the revised Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. Published on January 19, the revised policy, or “Common Rule,” represents the first significant regulatory changes in human research oversight since 1991. Presented by P. Pearl O’Rourke, MD, and Heather Pierce, JD, MPH, this webinar provided an overview of the noteworthy changes from the current rule, as well as a discussion of various possible fates of the revised Common Rule under the new presidential administration. Read more
This year’s Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference provided me with the depth of knowledge I was expecting, but also with a new perspective that I had not anticipated. Full disclosure: I went to this conference assuming the pre-conference program would be most applicable and useful to my job. The pre-conference that I attended, IRB201, was, indeed, amazing. I walked away having memorized the 45 CFR 46.111 criteria for IRB review and approval and the ability to apply them to a protocol (or at least a practice protocol). Over the last few weeks, this new skill has carried me far; it has substantially refined my pre-review process, allowing me to more thoroughly and efficiently deliver an IRB protocol to my IRB administrator for her review. As one of just four IRB staff members at my institution, anything that streamlines the process and decreases burden is welcomed, and my newfound efficiency has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Read more