TAG ARCHIVES FOR AER16

12
Jan2017

Before attending AER16, I was warned that it can be a bit overwhelming. Between the choices in sessions, the panels, the keynote speakers, and information provided , there is such a wealth of information it can be difficult to process it all. Since the Ethical Research Board (ERB) at Nashua Community College (which I chair) is quite new, the list of tasks we have to create, consider, and complete already feels endless; moreover, picking a starting place is difficult, given that everything seems essential. Two of my sessions on the second day of the conference, helped me refocus my ‘to do’ list— and provided me the title for this blog post. Read more

9
Jan2017

Each time a research protocol involving children comes to us for review, my committee members and I look to one another for help deciding how to balance obtaining potentially valuable information that might one day impact the lives of other children with the delicate exercise of approving a protocol involving children. Often, we don’t have the answer within our ranks, and do not know who to look to for assistance. We ask ourselves: "Who can help us now?" Read more

6
Jan2017

Much of my AER16 schedule focused on risks in vulnerable populations. For me, an important backdrop for these topics was presented in the Plenary Session A New Framework for Human Subjects Research? An Update from NAS, moderated by Alexander Capron. The presenters, Barbara Bierer, MD, Steven Joffe, MD, MPH, and Heather Pierce, JD, MPH, did not discuss research risks or vulnerable populations, but they discussed how the current regulatory and policy framework fits with current research practices. Read more

5
Jan2017

During the Research Ethics Book Group Lunch and book signing of A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy’s Gift to Medical Science, I was equally heartbroken, curious, and pensive, but by the end of the presentation, I was restored and enlightened. I can’t imagine I was the only person affected this way during this poignant session. Read more

4
Jan2017

As an IRB chair, one specific goal I had for the 2016 AER Conference was to figure out the best way to help educate my board and faculty about what is, and what is not, research. While I heard the concept of “IRB creep” regularly at the conference, our IRB is too new, and its members too inexperienced, to currently have this problem. Instead, I wanted to focus on figuring out best practices for how to inform my community on what it is we do, how we do it, and how we can help create more research opportunities at Nashua Community College (NCC). Read more