Comments on updating the Guide

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Posted by Guest Blogger Steven Niemi, director of the Center for Comparative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and PRIM&R Board Member

To the Select Committee Appointed to Update the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals:

I am writing to urge emphasis on performance standards over engineering standards in the next edition of the Guide, for the reasons provided below. For the purpose of this commentary, an engineering standard is any guideline or directive that includes a measurable unit (expressed as a number or range of numbers for time, space, mass, velocity, etc.) versus a performance standard that involves a desired outcome without quantified parameters.
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In January’s Newsletter…

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The most recent issue of the PRIM&R Newsletter (members only) was distributed on Friday, January 30.

In addition to our regular features, such as Recent Headlines, Government and Legal News, and Public Policy (to name a few), this issue included…


Lessons from the headlines

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Guest blog by Brad Noren, research administrator at Oregon Health & Science University

The story of Bernard Madoff’s alleged Ponzi scheme is already falling off the front pages. Our fast-paced society has moved on to the next headline of the moment. But before we forget entirely, it should be noted that there are lessons (or reminders) that relate to our efforts toward the regulation of research that utilizes human and animal subjects.

First, the case reminds us that trust can be misplaced. A colleague of mine had a sign on his cubicle that said, “Trust in God. Monitor everyone else.”

Ronald Cass, dean emeritus of Boston University School of Law, pointed [...] Read more


OHRP recently invited public comment on a draft guidance document entitled, "Guidance on Important Considerations for When Participation of Human Subjects in Research is Discontinued.'' This draft guidance is intended to explain how to interpret the terms “participation” and “discontinuation of participation” in research. The guidance would also clarify that investigators may continue to analyze already collected individually identifiable private information about a subject even when the subject's participation has been discontinued, and that research may continue to involve human subjects even when the participation of all subjects has been completed or discontinued.PRIM&R's Public Policy Committee developed comments that request further clarification about [...] Read more


Witnessing History

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PRIM&R is excited to welcome a new addition to our team—Joanna Cardinal, our membership manager.

Before coming to PRIM&R earlier this month, I spent five years living in Washington, DC, and I was lucky enough to return for the presidential inauguration last week.
What struck me most wasn’t the historic moment, nor was it the large crowds. It was the sense of community that everyone shared. I’m part [...] Read more


Posted by Catherine Rogers, marketing coordinator

With our 35th anniversary upon us, the PRIM&R staff has been doing a lot of digging through our archives, and my, how far we've come! To remind you (and ourselves) of PRIM&R's journey, we will periodically post interesting photos in a feature called Monday Memories. Do you know what's going on in this image? Are you one of the enthusiastic chorus, or maybe you took the photo yourself? If you have any ideas about who's who, or what's what, please leave a comment and let us know!

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