If you have ever reviewed a research study as a member or administrator of an IRB that included or involved pregnant research participants, you may be eligible for a new study on the enrollment of pregnant women in clinical research. As a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist, bioethicist, and the study principal investigator, I hope you will consider participating in a 20 to 25 minute online survey on IRB views and experiences reviewing research involving pregnant women. Read more


PRIM&R invited members of our Emerging Professionals Working Group (EPWG) to write about topics of relevance to their work and to the research ethics community. We hope these posts open conversations among research ethics oversight professionals at all points in their careers. In this post, Tonya Ferraro shares how the Socratic Method of instruction—interactive dialogue and questioning—can be a helpful tool when training new administrators. Read more


PRIM&R's IBC Boot Camp, which takes place September 18-19 in Denver, CO, will provide information, tools, and guidance for IBC, IRB, and IACUC professionals to help them keep compliance intersections from turning into compliance roadblocks. Attendees will learn strategies for improving integration and communication among regulatory groups and investigators to best support research that is ethical, collaborative, and interdisciplinary. IBC personnel will have opportunities for benchmarking, sharing resources such as SOPs, and networking with colleagues in the field. Read more


PRIM&R's Regional Connections Program is designed to encourage research ethics professionals in a given geographic area to connect and build relationships. To that end, we offer support to individuals and institutions who would like to organize and host a Regional Connections event for their community. In this post, Kirstin Morningstar, MBA, CIP, CPIA, regulatory services director, Mary-Colette Lybrand, MS, CCRP, CIP, regulatory services manager, and Alyson Stearns, CIP, regulatory services specialist, in the Office of Research Administration at the University of Texas at Arlington share more about an innovative Regional Connections event initiated by their institution. Read more

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