Research conducted in international settings poses particular challenges for the reviewing IRB, as it must possess adequate knowledge of laws and regulations in the country where the research is taking place, and be sensitive to the area’s cultural norms, in order to appropriately evaluate the study. Social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER) in particular may involve the study of stigmatized health conditions or behaviors, and may require the recruitment of marginalized populations and minors. Conducting research on these topics is important, but it is equally essential that IRBs and researchers mitigate the risk of social consequences that might result from subjects’ participation in the study, such as rejection in their communities or conflict within their families. The regulations regarding human subjects protections vary greatly between countries as well, which can lead to additional difficulties for IRBs. Read more
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As the ethicist for the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and founding president of the Bioethics Society of the English-Speaking Caribbean (BSEC), Dr. Derrick Aarons is on a mission to educate. His conscientious work has helped build a culture of bioethics in the Caribbean, and he is committed to sharing his region’s bioethical perspectives with the rest of the world. Read more
Just before entering the Arena to participate in Panel VI: Re-Framing Informed Consent: Respecting Participants When Barriers to Regulatory Consent Exist moderated by Christine Grady, RN, PhD, and panelists Michelle H. Biros, MD; Neal Dickert Jr., MD, PhD; and Robert Silbergleit, MD, I recalled the three questions that I formulated upon registering for the AER16 conference. Read more
In this week’s Research Ethics Roundup, we explore how shifting conceptions of research—from the growing demand for the sharing of clinical trial data to a renewed emphasis on statistical power in animal research—are challenging current thinking. Read on and share your thoughts on these pieces and other research ethics and oversight news in the comments.
Is the Placebo Effect in Some People’s Genes?: A recent study published in Trends in Molecular Biology found that an individual’s response to a placebo may be affected by his or her genetics. This article from Reuters provides an [...] Read more
We are pleased to introduce you to the 2014-15 Pillars of PRIM&R Award recipient, Francis Kazungu Kombe. Francis currently serves as a senior community facilitator in charge of training at the Kenya Medical Research Institute/Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP). Over the next year, he will be using his award for a project that explores strengthening fieldworkers’ capacity to address practical and ethical challenges in international research settings. Read on to learn more about Francis' background and his project.
At the heart of my Pillars of PRIM&R project [...] Read more