by Bruce W. Kennedy, MS, RLATG, CMAR, CPIA, compliance associate at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Ten years ago, I started as compliance associate at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. My position fell under the school’s newly created Office of Research, and my responsibilities centered around regulatory tasks that had previously been performed “on-the-side” by others. Early on it was recognized that better practices and policies were needed to serve principal investigators (PIs) working in human subjects and animal research. My assignment was to further develop the program, which I did through Read more
by Elizabeth Buchanan, PhD, Endowed Chair in Ethics, University of Wisconsin-Stout
On Thursday, October 30, PRIM&R will host a webinar, The Future of Internet Research: What We Can Learn from the Facebook Emotional Contagion Study, which will explore the Facebook emotional contagion study and some of the questions that it raised related to internet and social media research. In advance of that webinar, we are sharing different perspectives on the controversy. Last week, PRIM&R’s executive director, Elisa A. Hurley, PhD, <[...] Read more
by Veena Joshi, PhD, Independent Consultant, India
During my previous job at a tertiary hospital in India, a pediatrician from the institution approached the IRB office with a grant proposal. He wished to conduct a study with children under 12 years of age. While he had reviewed information online about the necessary documentation and regulatory requirements, he still sought the help of the IRB office since it was his first time serving as a principal investigator (PI).
Upon reviewing his documents, the IRB administrative staff found that the assent form was missing. The PI was not aware that an assent form [...] Read more
by Megan Frame, membership coordinator
This month, in honor of Member Appreciation Month, I will introduce you to a new member of the PRIM&R community each week. We’ll learn about their professional experiences, personal interests, and, of course, what keeps them committed to advancing ethical research. This week, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Eva Pastor, CIP, IRB [...] Read more
by David R. Van Houten, MS, research integrity advocate
During PRIM&R’s Best Practices for Assessing Risk in Social and Behavioral Research webinar, Jeffrey M. Cohen, PhD, CIP, CEO of HRP Consulting Group, Inc., discussed challenges for institutional review boards (IRBs) charged with reviewing social and behavioral research.
While human research protections is complicated across all areas of research, the presentation served to illuminate the complexities associated with protecting human subjects in social and behavioral studies. In his presentation, Dr. Cohen pointed out that IRB [...] Read more