Looking back on 2008, and looking forward to 2009 and beyond, we have much to celebrate...

  • Ethics & Excellence
  • Protections & Possibilities
  • Research & Responsibility
  • Community & Connections
We also have many people to thank, starting [...] Read more


Posted by Joan Rachlin, Executive DirectorIt's the official "one week and counting" homestretch before Christmas, and the media outlets are full of speculation as to how the recession will affect the season’s traditional buying frenzy.

Beyond the consumer spending angle, these sad and scary stories about the economy got me thinking about how the economic downturn will affect research. While much is unknown, it's clear that the financial quicksand will have a profound impact on research.

I’m no expert, but it seems likely that patients—some of whom might also be prospective research subjects—have the most to lose. Job losses, rising prices, shrinking bank accounts, and/or housing travails, [...] Read more


The 2009 edition of the International Compilation of Human Subject Protections recently has been released and is now available online. The document can be seen at: http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/international/HSPCompilation.pdf.

This resource includes about 1,100 laws, regulations, and guidelines on human subject protections from 92 different countries. This year’s Compilation includes numerous additions and updates to the 2008 Edition, and features the laws, regulations, and/or guidelines from seven new countries: Burma, Egypt, the Gambia, San Marino, South Korea, the Sudan, and Vietnam.

The listings are organized into [...] Read more


Posted by Maeve Luthin, Project CoordinatorWe have found that the most effective way to stay green as an office is to monitor how we consume the small things in life—like our daily cups of coffee—and how we cut back on waste—like accidently printing out the wrong e-mail three times. So, PRIM&R is jumping onto the end-of-the-year listology bandwagon, and we’re happy to share with you our favorite ways to reduce our carbon footprint!

  1. No page goes unturned at 126 Brookline Avenue, as we are very careful about using both sides of every piece of paper before it goes into a blue recycling bin.
  2. When the bins are full and [...] Read more


Where do you work?

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Posted by Catherine Rogers, Marketing Coordinator

It was a taxicab ride like any other: Within a few blocks, the driver and I had exchanged typical pleasantries about how I was doing, how he was doing, the weather, and the Red Sox. That was the first time the conversation came to a halt.

“I don’t know much about baseball, but I work right behind Fenway Park,” I said, trying to salvage a shred of dignity after admitting I’m not a sports fan.

“Oh yeah?” he asked. “Where do you work?”

Halfway through reciting PRIM&R’s full name, I saw the driver’s eyes glance into the rearview mirror. By [...] Read more


“Real Time” Relationships

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Posted by Joan Rachlin, Executive DirectorI spent almost eight hours last week in an airless room on the banks of the Potomac with the Planning Committee charged with developing the program for our March 30-31, 2009 Animal Care and Use Conference. This was the first time that a PRIM&R program has been planned "in person," as opposed to by phone and/or e-mail, and the experiment was a huge success! Those who eventually attend the March meeting will have to be the judge of whether or not they like the Planning Committee’s handiwork, but I can tell you that, at least from a process [...] Read more