13
Sep2021

Biomedical Research Awareness Day (BRAD) is an international outreach program that seeks to increase public awareness about animal roles in biomedical research and the resulting medical advancements that benefit both humans and animals. BRAD highlights the importance of animal studies and research organizations’ commitment to providing excellent animal care. It also builds a research advocate community and showcases biomedical research and laboratory animal care and medicine careers. Read on to see how you can celebrate BRAD in 2021. Read more

8
Sep2021

IRBs come in many types, focusing on dramatically different categories of research from Phase I drug research to studies focused solely on education and social science. It may seem at first that the latter entails simpler ethical problems than, say, multisyllabic first-in-human drug trials for cancer, but very low-risk nonmedical research presents its own challenges for the IRB. Read more

2
Sep2021

Hiring and training remote employees is far more than just giving them equipment to work from home. There needs to be structure, transparency, and communication. Otherwise, there’s the risk of new hires slipping through the cracks, especially if they’re entering the regulatory field for the first time or taking on a particularly complex role. Read more

25
Aug2021

As hospitals have become essential treatment centers for COVID-19 patients, clinical trial participants have become increasingly averse to attending check-ups and monitoring visits at these sites. Telemedicine is now being recognized not only as an option for those who do not have convenient access to healthcare, but also as a means by which clinical trials can be accomplished. Read more

24
Aug2021

We are inviting researchers and IRB members to evaluate two research scenarios that involve passive and pervasive sensor technologies. We are interested in learning what participants think would be concerns from three perspectives: research participant, research team, and IRB member. This research will be used to advance development of decision support tools to support digital health research. Read more

18
Aug2021

The digitization of everyday life has led to an interesting phenomenon for research administrators; the ethical concerns that arise from secondary uses of large and open data now pose a greater challenge for the ethical management of research data than do the conventional challenges of primary data acquisition. As debates over consent forms give way to discussions of differential privacy, it is hard to ignore the new reality that the highest levels of risk and benefit to human participants in research may now arise from secondary data uses. What should research administrators and IRB members do to understand and manage the risks and benefits? Read more