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May2022

Plans are underway to revise the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the Veterinary Consortium for Research Animal Care and Welfare (VCRACW) is looking for feedback from the lab animal research community to help shape the revisions. To do so, VCRACW has released a survey with questions to help identify areas of the Guide most in need of revision and how it can be improved. The deadline to complete the survey is next Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Read more

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May2022

Years ago, I attended a conference and was handed a small button that read "I (heart symbol) Paper." Nothing resonated more deeply with me at that moment! Technology and automation may pose an inherent element of fear and unfamiliarity. The concept of change may be especially challenging to the deep-rooted paper trail practices in the field of research, no matter the phase. Read more

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May2022

The research ethics community was saddened to learn of the recent loss of Dale Hammerschmidt, MD, to brain cancer on April 5, 2022. Dr. Hammerschmidt, a longtime Minnesota resident including attending, practicing, researching, and teaching at the University of Minnesota Medical School, was a recipient of the 2005 PRIM&R Special Service award for his contributions to the organization and the human subjects protections community. Read more

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Apr2022

In the not-so-distant past, IRBs reviewing artificial intelligence and machine learning protocols were quick to give not-human subject research determinations because the application was presented as a software development project. More recently, many IRBs improperly issue exempt determinations because the application is presented as a secondary-use data project. Read more