By any chance, do you remember me? I was a new blogger for Ampersand at last year’s AER Conference in Baltimore. I was also a new member of PRIM&R, having joined because of my recent appointment as Chair of the Institutional Review Board of Providence College.
So it’s one year later, and how do I feel? My goodness, what a difference a year makes! I now feel like a grizzled veteran, enlightened by a year’s worth of research experience.
The most important lesson I learned from last year’[...] Read more
by Michael (Mike) Kraten, PhD, CPA, IRB Chair at Providence College
PRIM&R is pleased to introduce Mike Kraten, PhD, CPA, a member of the PRIM&R Blog Squad at the 2014 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference. The PRIM&R Blog Squad is composed of PRIM&R members who will blog [...] Read more
Talk about a quick dividend! The dust hasn’t even settled on the travel bags that I carried to the 2015 SBER and AER Conferences, and yet I’m already applying the lessons learned to my responsibilities as IRB Chair at Providence College.
As you may recall from my previous Ampersand postings, my learning experiences at this year’s conferences focused on the difficult choices that are faced by researchers who are engaged in “big data” projects. These researchers find it impracticable to engage in routine [...] Read more
Many thanks to my Blog Squad colleague Courtney Zweig for exploring the proposed changes to the Common Rule involving single IRB review processes. That particular proposal is Issue #6 of 19 of the Office of Human Research Protections’ (OHRP) summary of the proposed regulatory changes in ANPRM.
If you’re reviewing the other proposed changes as well, don’t miss Issue #5 of 19 involving informed consent. According to the OHRP, modifications may be necessary because consent documents are currently "too long and hard to understand." Under the proposed regulations, these documents would be "shorter, more readily understood [and] less [...] Read more