From a new report that indicates that the use of regulated animals in biomedical research is declining to an editorial arguing for the use of female mice in research, animal research takes center stage in this week’s Research Ethics Roundup.
Conflicts of Interest on Institutional Review Boards Remain Problematic: A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine concluded that while there has been significant progress with respect to reporting and managing institutional review board (IRB) member conflict of interests, there is still more work to be done. Ed Silverman reports on the findings in this article from The Wall Street Journal’s Pharmalot[...] Read more
Traditional research methodologies are being used to address a number of longstanding challenges, including how to make health care more efficient and effective, and how to fight poverty. This week’s Research Ethics Roundup sheds light on the role of research in answering those questions, as well as other stories related to research ethics and oversight.
Don’t Weaken the FDA’s Drug Approval Process: The 21st Century Cures Act proposes significant changes to the approval process for many medical products. In this opinion piece for The New York Times, Gregg Gonsalves, Mark Harington, and David A. Kessler warn that “Congress should [...] Read more
By Angela Craig, DVM, lab animal veterinarian and IACUC member at the University of Minnesota
PRIM&R is pleased to share a post from Angela Craig, a member of the PRIM&R Blog Squad for the 2015 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference. The PRIM&R Blog Squad is composed of PRIM&R members who blog here, on Ampersand, to give our readers an inside peek of what is happening at the conference in Boston, MA.
If you typically house laboratory mice at [...] Read more
This week’s Research Ethics Roundup explores ethical issues related to the conduct of research in resource-limited settings and reproducibility, as well as issues related to the development of Ebola treatments. Read on to find out more and discover what’s happening in the world of research ethics and oversight.
A Failed Trial in Africa Raises Questions About How to Test HIV Drugs: Donald J. McNeil Jr. reports on a clinical trial that was recently halted in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Uganda in this article for The New York Times. The failed trial, which sought to evaluate [...] Read more
U.S. Urged to Clarify Extent of Funding Moratorium on Risky Virus Research:
Researchers are pleading with the US government to clarify the details of a recent moratorium placed on funding projects that show potential risks due to the use of certain viruses. Concerns include confusion on the specific viruses and experiments covered by the new policy. A statement released by the National [...] Read more