TAG ARCHIVES FOR Blog Squad

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Feb2018

One of my favorite parts of attending PRIM&R's annual Advancing Ethical Research Conference is that it refocuses my efforts on what really matters. In the year since the last conference, I've processed countless exempt 2 determinations, requests for waivers of signed consent, and study team member modifications. I have been doing this while also contributing to new institutional policies and procedures, software requirements, and workflows in order to comply with the revised Common Rule. Some days, we all feel drowned in an ocean of regulations and rules—some days, we all get the Regulatory Robot Blues. However, the first keynote speaker at the 2017 Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research Conference reminded me of why human subjects research protection is my passion. Read more

30
Jan2018

Just before I left for San Antonio, I held an educational session with my IRB members, focusing on the revisions to the Common Rule that were likely to have the greatest impact on our processes. As an institution focused primarily on social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER), it seems likely that a large number of our currently expedited review projects will become exempt projects, especially under .104(d)(2) and .104(d)(3). Read more

12
Dec2017

This fall marks the whirlwind one-year mark of my entry into the research compliance field, and what a year it has been! I have been fortunate to be able to attend several conferences and workshops, including PRIM&R’s IRB 101SM & 201, focused on human subjects protections and research integrity. These in-person learning experiences were invaluable but I’ve also been extremely impressed by the collegial and collaborative nature within this profession as a whole—even in the informal discussions and debate that happen on the IRB Forum and on the newly-created SBER network. These resources, available through PRIM&R, ignited my interest in research ethics questions as a whole and helped me to engage with larger issues in human subjects protection outside of my day-to-day work responsibilities. Read more

8
Dec2017

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

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