Heather-Kim-resizedWelcome to the latest installment in our series of featured member interviews. This series highlights individuals within our membership who are making an impact on the research ethics field through their work. This month, we hear from Heather Kim, a senior regulatory compliance auditor in Quality Management for Copernicus Group IRB.

Elise Davis (ED): When and why did you join the field?
Heather Kim (HK): I had just begun my Masters in Regulatory Affairs when we covered the IRB in a basic Part 50 and 56 overview. Around that time, I was looking for [...] Read more


Recently, PRIM&R hosted a webinar titled Identifying and Preventing Distress in Laboratory Animals, which was presented by Mollie A. Bloomsmith, PhD, and Eric Hutchinson, DVM, DACLAM.

Stress and distress can negatively impact the welfare of laboratory animals and have adverse consequences for research. Minimizing distress in animals is mandated by federal regulations and remains an ethical obligation for research and compliance staff. To take measures to minimize distress, it is essential to understand its causes and manifestations among the various species of laboratory animals.

This webinar provided strategies for detecting signs of distress, identifying research procedures likely to lead to distress, and understanding [...] Read more


AER15 Blog Squad: Jacqueline TulskyJacqueline Tulsky: What challenge do I hope to address at the conference?

Prisoners, drug users, persons living with mental illness. Care to name three groups who are more equally in need of human research and human research protection?  And now with the rapid rise in innovative technologies uniquely suited for use in these complex groups, the approach to ethical protection for them and their investigators is faced with many unanswered challenges. For example, the ethical and legal dilemma involved in data gathering with mobile tracking devices at the time of potentially illegal behavior [...] Read more


We're only a week away from the 2015 Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research Conference and the 2015 Advancing Ethical Research Conference, so here's a look back at a compelling moment from a previous conference. Read on for this week's Time Capsule Tuesday.

0183-2466_smallcroppedConference: Changes and Choices for IRBs: The Inclusion of Women and Minorities, and Other Emerging Issues in Research, October 1994
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Courtney Zwieg: Next Generation IRB MeetingsCourtney Zwieg: Our institution is currently undergoing a myriad of changes. For one, we are streamlining our standard operating procedures, which seem to evolve with every change in technology. While we formerly received and sent everything out in paper format, we now accept most things via electronic file; however, we still receive paper copies of submission forms. Furthermore, we recently started to utilize electronic signatures by the chairs of our IRBs. While at the AER Conference, I hope to gather information so that [...] Read more


From the progress in gene therapy for genetic retinal diseases to a survey that finds the majority of animal studies for drugs are not rigorous enough, this week’s Research Ethics Roundup examines some of the latest controversial issues occurring in research ethics.

RER 10.30 #223andMe Will Resume Giving Users Health [...] Read more