by Derek Fong, VMD, DACLAM, Clinical Veterinarian at the University of Colorado Denver

As we gear up for the 2015 IACUC Conference, which will be held in Boston, MA, from March 17-20, we are pleased to have an opportunity to share a post from Derek Fong, who served as a member of the PRIM&R Blog Squad at the 2014 IACUC Conference

It has been nearly a year since I participated as a member of the PRIM&R Blog Squad at the Read more


From new approaches to genetic research to changing conceptions of privacy, this week’s Research Ethics Roundup explores how advances in technology are changing the course of research.

Most Americans Would Share Health Data for Research: A recent NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll saw a decline in the percentage of Americans willing to share their health information anonymously for research purposes. Fifty-three percent of respondents indicated that they were comfortable sharing anonymized health information, a 15 percent decline [...] Read more


By Maeve Luthin, JD, Professional Development Manager

Welcome to another installment of our featured PRIM&R member interviews where we introduce you to our members—individuals who work to advance ethical research on a daily basis. Over the course of the past few months we have been shining a spotlight on members of the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®)  and Certified Professional IACUC Administration (CPIA®) Councils. Please read on to learn more about their professional experiences and what goes on behind-the-scenes in their lives!

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by Elisa A. Hurley, PhD, Executive Director, and Avery Avrakotos, Education and Policy Manager

On December 3, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a request for comments on its "Draft NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research," which "proposes that all NIH-funded multi-site studies carried out in the [United States], whether supported through grants, contracts, or the NIH intramural program, should use a single IRB."

Citing a changed research landscape, the background section of the policy suggests [...] Read more


By Anne Meade, senior manager for website and social media

It was a busy year for Ampersand in 2014— we posted 96 blogs, to be exact! We looked back at the past 40 years of research ethics, and remembered those we lost. As we begin 2015, we wanted to know what you found most interesting. Popular topics included draft guidances, protecting subjects, big data, and more. From hard hitting questions to timely topics, let’s take a look back at the most-read blogs of 2014.

1. What’s in a name? Research “participant” versus research “subject” by Ali Hall

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Every month PRIM&R features a series of articles from the field in the PRIM&R Member Newsletter. As we begin 2015, we decided to look back at some of the most popular stories from 2014. From social media-based research to the Ebola virus epidemic, these articles reflect the major issues, questions, and topics faced by the research ethics community over the past year.

January: “Ethical Dilemmas in Social Network-Based Research” Science Daily

February: Read more