By Nora Murphy, membership assistant
Welcome to another installment of our featured member interviews where we introduce you to our members—individuals who work to advance ethical research on a daily basis. Please read on to learn more about Edith Paal, MSJ, MPH, CHRC, CIP, IRB program manager at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Nora Murphy (NM): When and why did you join the field?
Edith Paal (EP): I joined the field in 2003 after working as a journalist and scientific writer. I worked for nine years as an auditor, then as an auditing manager in the University of Arkansas for Medical [...] Read more
It’s been four years since PRIM&R’s last Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research (SBER) Conference and, this November, we will host the 2015 SBER Conference in Boston, MA. As we get ready for this year’s event, let’s look back at topics discussed in 2011 to see how they have transformed and evolved over the years.
Issues around data sharing and privacy have been widely discussed in our community, but they’re not new; even back at the 2011 SBER Conference, these issues were important themes:
In his keynote address, Alex (Sandy) Pentland, PhD, Toshiba professor of media [...] Read more
By Marley Thrasher, director of education and professional development
Welcome to another installment of our featured member interviews where we introduce you to our members—individuals who work to advance ethical research on a daily basis. Please read on to learn more about their professional experiences, how PRIM&R membership helps connect them to a larger community, and what goes on behind-the-scenes in their lives.
Today we'd like to introduce you to Rachel Zand, PhD, the newest member of PRIM&R's Education Committee, who is the director of the office of research ethics at the [...] Read more
By Anita Pascoe, MS, CIP, project coordinator at Intermountain Healthcare
"Check what box?" you may ask. Let me explain — without getting too hung up on a paraphrase of Shakespeare's famous question.
In the wake of the 2014 AER Conference last December, I have spent considerable time reflecting on the current regulatory framework governing human subjects research. (Yes, I do have a life, but I am a Certified IRB Professional [CIP®], so matters like these interest me.) In the United States, federal regulations require that all research on human subjects be reviewed and approved by an institutional review board (IRB). IRBs have the authority to approve, [...] Read more
by Michael (Mike) Kraten, PhD, CPA, IRB Chair at Providence College
It's the news that no academic institution ever wants to hear. A life-threatening infection has struck a student on campus, and then a second student reports the same condition.
Recently, at Providence College in Rhode Island, two students contracted meningococcal infections and were rushed immediately to inpatient facilities. Working closely with the Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH), the College then managed to vaccinate over 3,000 at-risk undergraduate students in a single, brief, and intense outreach campaign with extensive information and medical applications.
That caught the attention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where epidemiologists and public health [...] Read more