by Emily A. Largent and Alan Wertheimer, PhD

In a recent post, we presented some of the key results from a 2010 survey we conducted with randomly selected PRIM&R members. As described in our article in IRB: Ethics and Human Research, “Money, Coercion, and Undue Inducement: Attitudes about Payments to Research Participants,” the survey explored their attitudes as to whether and why payment of research participants constitutes coercion or undue influence. We were interested in asking these questions because institutional review board (IRB) members are crucial gatekeepers in [...] Read more


by Alysa Perry 
Alysa Perry recently joined the staff of PRIM&R as program coordinator. Prior to joining PRIM&R, she worked at a start-up that hosted alumni job fairs throughout the country. At PRIM&R, Alysa will be working as an integral part of the team that plans, organizes, and executes PRIM&R’s one-day educational courses, [...] Read more


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 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 Lisandra V. González, MPH, an HRPP integrity and education specialist at Baystate Health Medical Center in Springfield, MA.

When and why did [...] Read more


by Sylvia Baedorf Kassis, MPH

We often think of our current ethical framework as having been born out of the atrocities of World War II Nazi experimentation, the subsequent Nuremberg trials, and the resulting Nuremberg Code of 1947. Did you know, however, that some principles for the ethical conduct of research date back to the 1800s?

This fact was discussed at a recent lecture I attended titled, “Deadly Medicine in the Nazi Era: What Turned Physician Healers into Killers?” In examining the issue of how scientists, physicians, public health professionals, and academics legitimized the Nazis’ murderous program of racial [...] Read more


By Courtney Jarboe, CIP

What does it mean to be vulnerable?

When researchers begin to learn about vulnerability, it’s usually with a conversation about cases such as the United States Public Health Service Syphilis experiments, the Nazi experiments, and the many other historical examples of unethical research with vulnerable populations. We also tend to look to the regulations Read more