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
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by Michael (Mike) Kraten, PhD, CPA, IRB chair at Providence College
As the chair of our college's institutional review board (IRB), you can only imagine how frequently I am asked questions about the 45 CFR Part 46 federal regulations regarding the requirements of human subjects research.
What types of questions? For instance:
- I'm not sure whether my study is contributing to "generalizable knowledge." How can I tell whether it's doing so?
- How can I possibly know whether I'm potentially damaging someone's "financial standing, employability, or reputation" with my work?
- When does a "practicable" study become impracticable?
These questions, though tricky, are certainly not impossible to answer. [...] Read more
by Krystal Bradford, CIP, Research Compliance Specialist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
PRIM&R is pleased to share a post by Krystal Bradford, CIP, a member of the PRIM&R Blog Squad for the 2014 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference. The PRIM&R Blog Squad is composed of [...] Read more
by Celia B. Fisher, PhD, and Elizabeth Yuko, PhD, Fordham University Center for Ethics Education
Conducting empirical research on research ethics can be daunting. It requires thinking beyond the ethics of a treatment, procedure, or new technology to considerations involving the scientific validity, social value, and potential ethical challenges of the research process itself. Nonetheless, ongoing evidence-based research is crucial for the advancement and improvement of the responsible conduct of research.
by Michael Leary, MA, CIP, Education and Compliance Specialist in the Human Research Protection Office at Washington University in St. Louis
There is an odd thing happening to institutional review boards (IRBs); they are becoming interesting. We are all familiar with the classic perception of the IRB as yet another administrative burden tucked away in the research process. But at many institutions, this perception is shifting. With the publication of books like Laura Stark’s Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research, and the steady increase [...] Read more