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
by Jim Gearhart, BA, Member of the Board of Directors for Quorum Review IRB
If you attended PRIM&R's 2014 Advancing Ethical Research (AER14) Conference in December, there's a good chance you attended the performance of "The Drama of DNA: Implications of Genomic Protocols that Reconceptualize the Boundaries of 'Normalcy.'" I'm saying the chances were good because the venue for "The Drama of DNA" was a large conference room filled to standing-room only capacity. In the time since the AER14, I have recalled more than once the themes that "The Drama of DNA" shared with us.
The "Drama of DNA" sprang from the [...] Read more
by Rebecca S. Ohnemus, MAA, CRA, research officer at University of the Incarnate Word
When it's your first time attending a professional conference, things can feel… well… overwhelming. There are few (if any) familiar faces. Everyone else seems to know where they are going, while there you are: walking up the wrong staircase—bewildered—and getting frowns from the convention center staff.
The first friends I made at the PRIM&R 2014 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference were during the Common Ground Networking Lunch. While wandering around, trying to find a seat, I ended up taking an empty spot at a table for those [...] Read more