12
Apr2019

Despite their significant importance in society and communities, there is a scarcity of research on the undocumented immigrant population. In addition, only a handful of studies address the social and emotional concerns of undocumented immigrants and students. At AER18, panelists Gene Gloeckner, PhD; Elizabeth Jach, MA; and Colleen Kohashi, MA, CIP, presented ways to ethically and sensitively conduct research with undocumented immigrants. Read more

8
Apr2019

As genomics and personalized medicine advance, there is increased awareness that “race” is an inappropriate proxy for groups that may share a genetic background. However, proposals that assume that self-reported race correlates with biological/genetic difference are still being submitted and approved at institutions across the country—even as genetic evidence reveals that the difference between races is smaller than differences among individuals of any particular race. Such studies risk perpetuating racist stereotypes, inappropriately influencing clinical medicine, and reinforcing inaccurate ideas about biology and race. It’s important that research oversight professionals understand how to approach the continued wave of race-based research. On February 21, PRIM&R hosted a webinar to provide guidance for IRBs in this area. After the webinar, presenters responded to some of the attendee questions that time didn’t permit us to address live; we’re pleased to share those responses with the readers of Ampersand. Read more

1
Apr2019

Meet Noé Tirado-Muñiz DMV, DVM, MS, CPIA, who'll be covering the 2019 IACUC Conference (IACUC19) as a member of the Blog Squad. Members of PRIM&R's Conference Blog Squad provide an insider's view of the conferences by sharing their experience before, during, and after the meeting. Read more

25
Mar2019

“One person’s flexibility is another person’s ambiguity.”

I kept going back to this comment, articulated by Carrie Wolinetz (NIH), as I helped my HRPP prepare for the revised Common Rule implementation in January.  Although Dr. Wolinetz was referring to the NIH’s Genomic Data Sharing Policy, the phrase is a perfect expression of my thoughts on the “concise and focused presentation of the key information” that now must appear at the beginning of consent forms.

This topic was addressed at the AER18 plenary session “To Participate or Not to Participate, that Is the Question.” Moderated by Ivor Pritchard (OHRP), panelists Celia Fisher (Fordham University), Jonathan [...] Read more