3
Aug2021

On March 30, 2021, PRIM&R hosted the webinar “Ominum-Gatherum: An SBER Variety Show.” During this webinar, Tonya Ferraro, MEd, and Andrew Hedrick, MPA, CIP, focused on three social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER) topics: Terms of Service agreements, randomized controlled trials in the social sciences, and research involving deception.  Following the webinar, the presenters reflected on the session and prepared a guidance document for those working with SBER; we're pleased to share this resource with readers of Ampersand.  Read more

14
Jul2021

We are part of a research group at Columbia University Irving Medical Center that is participating in the NIH-sponsored Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network study. As part of our site’s exploration of the ethical, legal, and social issues involved in research using polygenic risk scores (PRS), we are conducting a series of focus groups with stakeholders to explore views on these issues. We are interested in IRB members’ perspectives on the ethical and regulatory challenges that can arise from a study like this. Read more

8
Jul2021

Before I joined the IRB administration team, I thought IRB reviewers were members of a secret society whose sole purpose was to strike down research. Like others before me, I believed my research would be put on the IRB butcher’s block and be chopped into little bits. However, IRB administrators want to see quality research out in the field and will work tirelessly to help guide researchers towards compliance to reach that goal. Read more