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May2017

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

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Apr2017

In my previous blog entry, I talked about how reducing administrative burden for IACUC professionals was a common thread running through many of the 2017 IACUC Conference (IACUC17) sessions I attended last month. Because administrative burden permeates every aspect of what we do, we often consider it part of the “30,000-foot view”. It is easy to get wrapped up in this all-encompassing topic—particularly for those of us in smaller institutions where IACUC duties are only one aspect of our jobs—but we still have to be mindful of the details. Thankfully, IACUC17 provided ample opportunities to focus not just on the big picture, but also on specific components of animal care and use programs. Read more

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Mar2017

Greetings from the Big Easy! While New Orleans was apparently bestowed this moniker for its laid-back nature, in reality it’s just the opposite. This city is teeming with life and vibrancy.It seems like the perfect backdrop for PRIM&R’s 2017 IACUC Conference and my pre-conference workshop, IACUC101TM: The Basics. Like New Orleans, this day-long workshop had much to offer. One could say it was like drinking from a fire hose—there was an overflow of information, materials, and perspectivesin the best possible way. Read more

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Mar2017

One of my goals for attending the 2016 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER16) was to figure out a plan for how to address a growing need on my campus. Each year, we have more students interested in research. This means the Ethical Research Board (ERB) at my institution needs a clear path to support the faculty in the design and incorporation of research into their coursework and a way to educate students on how to create and conduct an ethical research project, all without overwhelming its members. The majority of our projects are social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER), and most are minimal risk, but as I mentioned in a previous post we are a new board, still working on our procedures and policies. I waited to discuss this goal in my wrap-up post intentionally – my questions were not necessarily addressed in a single session, but rather over the course of the the four days, through a series of sessions, networking luncheons, conversations, and panels. Read more

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