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
By Avery Avrakotos, education and policy manager
Last year, I was fortunate to have an opportunity to attend Ethical Issues in Global Health Research (EIGHR): Blending Cultures, Building Capacities, and Bolstering Collaboration. The four-day program, offered by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, examined the unique issues that face institutional review boards (IRBs) and researchers reviewing and conducting international research.
As education and policy manager at PRIM&R, I regularly prepare written updates on federal laws, regulations, and news stories related to human subjects protections for distribution to PRIM&R's members, the majority of whom are [...] Read more
by Michael (Mike) Kraten, PhD, CPA, IRB Chair at Providence College
PRIM&R is pleased to share a post from Mike Kraten, a member of the PRIM&R Blog Squad for the 2014 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference. The PRIM&R Blog Squad is composed of PRIM&R members who will blog here, on Ampersand, about the conference to give our readers an inside peek of what happened December 4-7 in Baltimore, MD.
Have you ever experienced a sense of deja vu? A feeling of having lived through a moment in another life?
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by Brandon Brown, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director of the Global Health Research, Education, and Translation (GHREAT) Initiative, University of California-Irvine Program in Public Health
So far, the current Ebola epidemic has resulted in more than 9,000 cases and 4,500 related deaths in affected West African countries, with additional cases now in the United States and Europe. As we learn more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is Read more