Over 400 speakers will join PRIM&R during the first in-person annual conference since 2019.
The 2023 PRIM&R Conference (PRIMR23) and the 2023 SBER Conference (SBER23) will begin in early December in Washington, D.C. Once again, PRIMR23 and SBER23 promise to be an incredible opportunity to connect with fellow professionals, explore the forefront of research ethics and oversight, and gain valuable insights into the future of research.
PRIM&R’s conferences are the cornerstone of our commitment to advancing the ethical conduct of research. The annual event brings together stakeholders and institutional leaders in animal care and use, and human subjects research protection to consider complex, challenging, and current issues.
PRIM&R’s annual conferences feature programming for those new to their field, as well as seasoned professionals. Attendees come together for lively discussions on everything from best practices in research oversight to key ethical concepts. Participants leave energized and better equipped to help their research programs become stronger and more effective.
With the conference fast approaching, we asked a range of people in the PRIM&R community to share their thoughts on what they are looking forward to at this year’s annual conference.
“My first PRIM&R Conference was in 2002, and I remember how I felt going in, not knowing much about the IRB, the research ethics world. But leaving that first PRIM&R Conference with just an invigorated spirit, enthusiastically ready to take on this very, very impassioned field and important endeavor in research administration and ethics,” said Quincy J. Byrdsong, EdD, CIP, CCRP, Vice President for Research Operations at Ballad Health.
Stacy Pritt, MS, DVM, MBA, CPIA, CHRC, DACAW is the Associate Vice President of Research Support and Regulatory Management at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center. Dr. Pritt said she enjoys the “electric, upbeat atmosphere” of PRIM&R’s annual conferences and is looking forward to discussions on animal welfare and data sharing.
Other participants emphasized the wide range of programming available at PRIM&R’s annual conferences. “What I really love about the PRIM&R Conference is there’s something for everyone. So, if you’re a small program or a large program, there’s plenty of options for you to choose from. And if you’re a newbie or a seasoned professional, they also have a wide variety of topics,” said Barbara DeCausey, Director, Human Research Protection Program at Virginia Tech. “The energy at this conference is always great. People are very excited to be there. And I’m really looking forward to connecting with colleagues, and I can’t wait to see you all in DC.”
SBER23: Sunday, December 3
SBER23 will begin with welcome remarks by the SBER23 Planning Committee Co‐Chairs. The General Session Keynote Presentation will be delivered by D. James Greiner, JD, PhD, Faculty Director of Access to Justice Lab and Honorable S. William Green Professor of Public Law at Harvard Law School. The session will explore themes of advancing equity and justice in research, tackling emerging research challenges, and addressing breaking issues. This session is ideal for those interested in human subjects research and thought leadership content.
PRIMR23: Monday, December 4th
PRIMR23 will begin with our Opening General Session: “What Keeps You Up at Night: Future Frontiers in Research.” The session will be moderated by Barbara E. Bierer, MD, Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center, Cambridge, MA. The session’s panelists include Gretchen T. Goldman, PhD, US Department of Transportation, and Renee Wegrzyn, PhD, Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). This session will explore what the research landscape might look like in 10-20 years. Panelists will discuss their perspectives on the research enterprise trajectory, and what challenges may lie ahead for the ethics and oversight community.
PRIMR23: Tuesday, December 5th
Day 2 of PRIMR23 will start with welcome remarks and the PRIM&R Service Award Presentation. After this, attendees can look forward to the General Session Keynote Presentation by Allyson J. Bennett, PhD. Dr. Bennett is the Department Chair, Mark and Ilene Laufman Family Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. This session will delve into themes of communication with the public and explore emerging research challenges and breaking issues. It’s an excellent choice for attendees seeking crossover and thought leadership content.
Visit PRIM&R’s Conference webpage to view all content within the “Agenda” tab on the left-hand side of the page. With the drop-down arrow beside “Agenda”, you can browse material by content type, date, session title, track, target audience, networking sessions, PRIMR23 workshops, or virtual options.
If you haven’t already, register now to secure your spot at PRIMR23/SBER23.