My path has been anything but traditional: I came to the world of academia from a long career as a circus and stunt performer and world-record competitive formation skydiver. As a member of the esoteric, misunderstood communities of professional aerial acrobats, I’ve always felt personally connected to and passionate about fieldwork and research ethics. This month, I am starting a new position at BGSU, as the new Research Compliance Officer of our university. It is a thrilling challenge for me to take on this new level of responsibility and commitment, and it makes this particular PRIM&R meeting exceptionally crucial for me. As I stand on the edge of the transition from professor/board member to official compliance officer, I’m seeking mentors and resources that can help me in my highest dive ever, into a deeper understanding of the world of human subjects research protection. I’m honored to share my reflections on this journey through the PRIM&R Blog Squad! Read more
I am thrilled to attend my second PRIM&R Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER18) and to share my experiences as a Blog Squad member! With so many recent and forthcoming regulatory changes—the revised Common Rule, NIH single IRB of record mandate, and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), just to name a few—this is an exciting time for the human research projections community, and I am delighted to explore these topics with you! Read more
You are a member of an IRB reviewing a study with an unusual feature: Because the study population will be very diverse economically, the investigator wants to vary the stipend based on each study participant’s financial situation. Her reasoning is that a fixed stipend for everybody would exploit high-income people but unduly influence low-income people. For the purposes of this survey, the investigator knows everyone's income. Read more
PRIM&R recently submitted comments in response to the NIH’s proposal to amend its Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, which was published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2018. Although the title of the announcement is a mouthful, we encourage readers to read our comments, as the proposal has important implications for public engagement around the ethical and social implications of emerging genetic research. The NIH is asking for comments by October 25, 2018.
In our comments, we agree that the federal government should eliminate redundant regulatory requirements that add nothing to the protection of human research subjects. However, we take significant issue with the proposed changes to the mandate, purpose, and scope of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC). Read more
Not many children would tell you that they want to be an IRB administrator when they grow up—to this day, not many people, my family included, truly understand what my job entails. In the general population there is a lot of skepticism and misinformation about what it means to be involved in research; I want to be part of a future which changes that. Read more
Sophisticated sensor technologies have become increasingly prevalent in people’s everyday lives, and can now respond to voice commands, detect sleep patterns, and track physical activity These smart sensors have immense potential to improve individuals’ health and wellness, as photographic images, videos, sounds, vibrations, and light all become data for detecting human behavior. Read more