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I was eager to attend the session "Reviewing Exercise Science Research at Primarily SBER Institutions" (speakers: Summer B. Cook, PhD; Michael Leary, PhD CIP; Meghan Felicia Pronovost, MS) during the 2019 Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research Conference (SBER19) specifically because of some of the research occurring at my institution. I was curious how our process stacked up with other institutions, and I had hopes of providing tips to improve research methods for our investigators/student researchers as well as the review and critical thinking practices of the IRB committee. I noticed a plethora of similarities and opportunities for advancement, as expected. As the session continued, I began to wonder how we as administrators balance the specificity of our application and approval process with the variation of protocols we review in our limited capacities. I thought to myself: what would it take to integrate a change in practice based on new education from SBER19? What is the added value of the change? How does it compare with the amount of work it would take to devise and implement the change? Read more


In January 2018, the new single IRB (sIRB) requirement for National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded multi-site studies will go into effect. NIH’s goal for this mandate is to reduce administrative burden that does not actively contribute to protection of human subjects. The NIH posits that this policy will also result in opportunities for enhanced oversight by the reviewing IRB. Read more


In my previous blog entry, I talked about how reducing administrative burden for IACUC professionals was a common thread running through many of the 2017 IACUC Conference (IACUC17) sessions I attended last month. Because administrative burden permeates every aspect of what we do, we often consider it part of the “30,000-foot view”. It is easy to get wrapped up in this all-encompassing topic—particularly for those of us in smaller institutions where IACUC duties are only one aspect of our jobs—but we still have to be mindful of the details. Thankfully, IACUC17 provided ample opportunities to focus not just on the big picture, but also on specific components of animal care and use programs. Read more