by Anne Meade, senior manager for website and social media

Each member of the PRIM&R staff is responsible for making sure that PRIM&R runs smoothly, whether their job is answering calls and planning programs, or updating the website and talking to members. No matter which job function we fulfill, it’s important that we stay informed about research ethics, and so we periodically review pertinent articles during our [...] Read more


by Andrea Johnson, JD, CIP, regulatory specialist in the Research Integrity Office at Oregon Health and Science University 

Respect for persons is one of the three tenets of human research subject protections advanced by The Belmont Report. It includes two moral requirements:

  1. Autonomy of individuals must be acknowledged; and 
  2. Persons with diminished autonomy [...] Read more


by Royell Sullivan, Institutional Review Board (IRB) Education Specialist at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine

While sitting in IRB 301: Overview of the Criteria for Approval of Research on Monday, an issue arose regarding institutional review board (IRB) setup. Some IRBs assign primary and/or secondary reviewers to each protocol, while others do not. A debate ensued over whether the assignment of primary and/or secondary [...] Read more


Today we’d like to introduce you to Roberto Veloso, JD, who serves as a member of PRIM&R’s Diversity Advisory Group.

Roberto has been a PRIM&R member for three years. He is an associate professor and chair of the IRB at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMU) in Provo, Utah. He is also an attorney practicing law in Annapolis, Maryland.
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Natasha Blakeney, MPH, is the training director of the Education Network to Advance Clinical Trials (ENACCT). Founded in 2004, ENACCT is dedicated to improving cancer care and research through clinical trials. In this piece, reprinted from ENACCT’s blog, Natasha shares her perspective on increasing enrollment of African Americans in cancer clinical trials.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently released a video discussing African Americans and their participation in cancer clinical trials. The video highlights some of the well-known challenges affecting this study [...] Read more