by Rebecca S. Ohnemus, MAA, CRA, Research Officer at University of the Incarnate Word

PRIM&R is pleased to introduce Rebecca Ohnemus, MAA, CRA, a member of the PRIM&R Blog Squad for the 2014 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference. The PRIM&R Blog Squad is composed of PRIM&R members who will blog here, on Ampersand, about the conference to give our readers an inside peek of what happened December 4-7 in Baltimore, MD.

I love listening in on [...] Read more


Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, is director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and a senior research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.  She was co-recipient of PRIM&R’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 with her husband, Tom L. Beauchamp.

When I was pregnant with my first child more than 30 years ago, I developed a serious medical problem (deep vein thrombosis) and was put on heparin, a blood thinner. With every injection, I worried about whether I was doing the right thing, [...] Read more


By Amy Davis, JD, MPH, Senior Director for Publications and Programs at PRIM&R

There was a lot of talk about alternative models of institutional review board (IRB) review at PRIM&R’s 2011 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference:

  • There is the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking’s (ANPRM) request for comments on a proposed requirement that all domestic, multi-site research rely on central IRBs;
  • There are National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants that favor central IRB models;
  • The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is piloting a central IRB model; and
  • The Department of Veterans’ Affairs relies on [...] Read more


PRIM&R is pleased to bring you a live post from the second day of the 2011 Advancing Ethical Research Conference and the PRIM&R Blog Squad. The PRIM&R Blog Squad is composed of PRIM&R members who are devoted to blogging prior to, live from, and after our conferences.

Yesterday's quote of the day? “Sending a consent form to multiple institutional review boards (IRBs) for multiple separate tweaks is a bureaucracy that needs to be muzzled.”

Clearly, Robert Califf, MD, a speaker on Panel I—Increasing the Public’s Understanding of Clinical Research: Opportunities [...] Read more


Welcome to a special installment of our featured member interview series in which we introduce you to our 2011 AER Conference Blog Squad members. Please read on to learn more about their professional experiences, how membership helps connect them to a larger community, and why they're excited about blogging for PRIM&R!

Today we’d like to introduce you to Beth Brakewood, CIP. Beth has a Bachelors of Science [...] Read more