I actually struggled quite a bit with which pre-conference session to attend— as a new chair, and new to the IRB process, I have a lot to learn. My mentor suggested the IRB Chairs Boot Camp: Tools for Successful IRB Leadership. I’m still processing most of the things I learned (the agenda outlines the topics covered), but throughout the day, I was repeatedly reminded of the importance of educating all those involved in the research review process. Read more


Approaching the world of social, behavioral and educational research (SBER) can be particularly challenging for those whose domestic regulatory framework does not provide a context for this type of research. Having the opportunity to participate in the AER16 Pre-Conference Program, Critical Topics in Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research, was a great help in meeting these challenges. Read more


“We lost our quorum,” presenter Susan S. Fish, PharmD, MPH quipped as a few stragglers were still finding their seats after a short coffee break. I recognized her wonderful sense of humor and ability to engage the audience from last year’s IRB 101 course, and was delighted that she and her co-presenter Karen N. Hale, RPh, MPH, CIP continued to exceed expectations at this year’s AER Pre-Conference Program, IRB 201: An In-Depth Analysis of the Criteria for Review. Read more


Being part of this select group of Blog Squad members has been, for me, a great challenge, which I decided to accept last year, when I received a scholarship to attend the 2015 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER15) in Boston, MA. While reading the different Ampersand blog posts about the conference, I understood the passion, strength, and commitment that the authors put into the issues of research ethics. I think this was due to the commitment that PRIM&R puts into the issue of research ethics.

All these became the fuel that motivated me to want to share my knowledge and experience from a Latin American context. In [...] Read more


It’s mid-September, leaves are just starting to fall as daily weather capriciously vacillates between oppressive and refreshing, and I am making flight arrangements for the 2016 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER16).  It brings to mind that I have been attending PRIM&R conferences for 20 years, starting back when I was a member of its sister organization at the time, ARENA.  I was new to the research world then, administering the IACUC at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and assisting with the IRB. I left each conference with my head spinning, snippets of all the things I knew I had to learn whirling around inside. The weeks after each conference [...] Read more

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