I am a wholehearted supporter of freedom of information laws and rules that provide insight into the workings of public institutions. There are occasions, however, when people make requests for information with a goal of frustrating effective public administration. In these cases, the aim is not accountability and transparency, but rather to use these laws to stop researchers from doing their job. I propose that the biomedical research community should ask legislators to give us the ability reject requests for public information where it is clear that requestor is making a frivolous and vexatious request. Read more


In 2022, we surveyed IACUCs and Animal Resource Programs (ARPs) to learn more about changes, both temporary and permanent, to the regulated work environment for animal research oversight and laboratory animal care. At PRIMR22, we will take a deep dive into regulatory implications for remote work and oversight activities and examine the impact of recent changes to the labor market on ARPs. Read more


We are finally witnessing increasing adoption of digital pathology in clinical practice. Pathologists are beginning to embrace and utilize artificial intelligence (AI) tools and ideas to augment routine pathology practice. All stakeholders in pathology need to fully understand the ethical frameworks required to develop, deploy, and maintain transparent, trustworthy, explainable, scalable, interoperable, and sustainable digital AI tools. Read more


Are you excited about PRIMR22? Interested in sharing your thoughts on the conference with the rest of PRIM&R’s audience? If so, consider applying for the PRIMR22 Blog Squad! Whether you work with IRBs, IACUCs, conflict of interest programs, or any other aspect of the research ethics and oversight field, there’s a place for you. Read more


In the years when I worked as an IRB reviewer, I would often identify far too complex participant-facing materials, but I wouldn't know where to start to simplify or clarify the content. I've since had the opportunity to focus on health literacy and how health literacy best practices can fundamentally change the way science and research are communicated to patients, participants, and their caregivers. Read more


Hopefully the pandemic is not here to stay, but even when it's gone, I suspect work from home for research administrators will stay in one form or another for many people. Because in the end, it's not just the HRPPs going virtual: the entire research administrative enterprise is in this virtual world with them. Read more