Many moons ago, I walked into a large meeting room to attend my first session of my first PRIM&R event. I was even more green than that: I’d only been involved with my IRB for a month or so, and was still getting accustomed to the lingo—and I wasn’t anything approaching a scientist. Far from it, I was a mere six months in to my internship and residency in healthcare chaplaincy. So, when I walked into the Advanced Research Ethics pre-conference session of the 2009 Advancing [...] Read more
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At the end of the day—or at least the end of this day, one spent considering contemporary issues in biobanking—I can’t help but ask. Let me give some perspective, though, on how I got here.
On one side, there is a concern about subjecting others (subjecting ourselves?) to some less or more tolerable "regime of governance" in the biobanking process. Those regimes, though, take on greater and [...] Read more
At last year’s PRIM&R Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference, John Wilbanks, chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks, enlightened us all with his talk "Informed Consent in the Mobile Era" on the possibilities of technology utilization in research. At the 2015 AER Conference’s "Moving Targets: The Challenges of Responsible Mobile Health (mHealth) Research" session, we got to see some examples of this mobile era that have built on and expanded the use of technology. [...] Read more
The research world, and inevitably PRIM&R’s 2015 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER15), is abuzz with the proposed changes to the common rule. As most people are wondering what exactly these potential changes could mean for their research organizations, the question becomes "Are we ready?"
There is much to be said about single IRB review, but as P. Pearl O'Rourke, MD, pointed out during the pre-conference presentation "Single IRBs Are Here: Are You Ready?", up to this point it has been voluntary to participate in a reliance agreement with another institution or organization. What the new rule will force is a relationship that many institutions lack the infrastructure [...] Read more
When we interact with colleagues at the 2015 Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research Conference (SBER15), an extremely helpful insight can arrive at any time, and from any source. But it’s difficult to know in advance when we will perceive it, and how it will affect the way we address our own research responsibilities.
For instance, I had no idea that an insight from a morning presentation would affect the way that I approach a challenge that I occasionally face as IRB Chair at Providence College. From time to time, we receive applications for projects in which advance processes of informed consent are not appropriate because they would “tip off” participants and [...] Read more