Eager to learn about community-based participatory research

by Christine Scheuring, PRIM&R Blog Squad Member

PRIM&R is pleased to introduce the PRIM&R Blog Squad at this year’s 2011 Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research (SBER) Conference. The PRIM&R Blog Squad is composed of PRIM&R members who are devoted to blogging live from our conferences. The PRIM&R Blog Squad member for the 2011 SBER Conference is Christine Scheuring.

Internet research, expedited review, community-based participatory research, undergraduate studies—is there an area that you or your institutional review board (IRB) would like to learn more about? Which seminar are you looking forward to the most at the upcoming 2011 Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research (SBER) Conference? Personally, I am looking forward to all of it!

As part of my introductory training to the land of all things IRB, I am attending both a pre-conference program and the conference itself. During the conference, I am really looking forward to the Challenges in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) workshop.

At my institution, Creighton University in Omaha, NE, the IRB is on the brink of establishing more formal policies and procedures for conducting CPBR. In order to familiarize myself with the topic, I have spent quite a bit of time conducting internet research, which has led me to conclude that this is an area that many institutions are struggling with.

At Creighton, we are working closely with investigators to establish checklists to help us in the preparation and implementation of CPBR. Upon realizing there was a session dedicated to this very topic at the 2011 SBER Conference, I was eager to attend. Not only do I imagine that the workshop will prove insightful, but I am hoping to network and join forces with others who are coping with the same challenges.

So, enough about me! I want to hear from you now! Which session are you looking forward to most? Which session do you think will be the most helpful in allowing you to more effectively do your job when you return?