By Marley Thrasher, director of education and professional development
Welcome to another installment of our featured member interviews where we introduce you to our members—individuals who work to advance ethical research on a daily basis. Please read on to learn more about their professional experiences, how PRIM&R membership helps connect them to a larger community, and what goes on behind-the-scenes in their lives.
Today we'd like to introduce you to Rachel Zand, PhD, the newest member of PRIM&R's Education Committee, who is the director of the office of research ethics at the [...] Read more
Alan P. Wertheimer, PhD, senior research scholar in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and professor emeritus of political science at the University of Vermont (UVM), passed away on April 10, 2015.
Dr. Wertheimer was a respected leader and philosopher who made significant contributions to the field of research ethics. Much of his career, however, was spent in the field of political science. As an undergraduate student at New York University (NYU), Dr. Wertheimer took his first course in political philosophy, an experience that served as inspiration for his career. He completed his bachelor's degree at NYU in 1964, and went on to receive his PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 1968. From there, he [...] Read more
by Dr. Toby Schonfeld, Human Subjects Research Review Official, Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Toby Schonfeld, Human Subjects Research Review Official at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recently shared her experience at PRIM&R’s 2014 Advancing Ethical Research Conference on the EPA's official science blog, "It All Starts with Science." We are pleased to share her thoughts and observations with our community, and thank Dr. Schonfeld and the EPA for allowing us to do so.
U.S. Urged to Clarify Extent of Funding Moratorium on Risky Virus Research:
Researchers are pleading with the US government to clarify the details of a recent moratorium placed on funding projects that show potential risks due to the use of certain viruses. Concerns include confusion on the specific viruses and experiments covered by the new policy. A statement released by the National [...] Read more
by Anne Meade, MS, PMP, Senior Manager for Website and Social Media
IRBs are well versed in the regulations and ethical principles that govern research with human subjects, but what happens when they are presented with a protocol about a disease or disorder about which they are unfamiliar?
In this excerpt from People [...] Read more
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