This Saturday, HBO debuts the film adaptation of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The well-reviewed feature-length production, starring Oprah Winfrey, closely follows the life of Deborah Lacks, the daughter of Henrietta and the protagonist of Rebecca Skloot’s award-winning 2010 book. Read more
TAG ARCHIVES FOR biospecimens
Since the release of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise the Common Rule a year ago, I have been thinking about biospecimens research, specifically about the role of public trust in the success of such research, and about some of the tensions that arise between respecting people’s autonomy, and advancing potentially important and beneficial science. This is a complicated cluster of issues that, while particularly salient to biospecimen research, is generalizable to the research enterprise as a whole. Read more
The last few months have been a bit of blur. The long-awaited NPRM to revise the Common Rule was released in September, setting off something of a firestorm of commentary, concern, and clamor around what was in the proposal, and what wasn’t; what might work, and what wouldn’t; and of course, how it would all look in the "real world" of ethical research oversight. Here at PRIM&R we spent a good deal of time over the three-month comment period crafting our response to the NPRM, and [...] Read more
by László M. Szabó, Esq., director of the Office of Research Regulatory Affairs at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
More than six months after the 2013 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference, members of the PRIM&R Blog Squad are still benefiting from the experiences they had in Boston. With the opening of registration for the 2014 AER Conference around the corner, we’re pleased to share a few of their reflections.