TAG ARCHIVES FOR Blog Squad

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Jul2021

Before I joined the IRB administration team, I thought IRB reviewers were members of a secret society whose sole purpose was to strike down research. Like others before me, I believed my research would be put on the IRB butcher’s block and be chopped into little bits. However, IRB administrators want to see quality research out in the field and will work tirelessly to help guide researchers towards compliance to reach that goal. Read more

11
Jun2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light, once again, the ongoing issue of racial health inequalities in the United States and around the globe. As the first vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 were being approved for use around the world, scrutiny of medical research and its oversight has highlighted the fact that there is still much to do to resolve the unending epidemic of racism in healthcare and to ensure diversity in clinical trials. Read more

5
May2021

On March 5, 2020, I recall a phone conversation with the chairperson of the IRB. I said, "so, what is this COVID thing?" Famous last words, one might suggest. Despite my naivete of the virus in those early days, we still had to support researchers with swift, precise responses. To compensate for gaps in knowledge, we formed a Research Compliance & Safety Committee. Read more

7
Apr2021

Meet Whitney Petrie, PhD, CPIA, RLATG, who'll be covering the 2021 IACUC Virtual Conference (IACUC21) as a member of the Blog Squad: "Please list your family's cancer history". My list is very long, on both my mother's and father's side of the family. I learned from a very young age how devastating cancer can be, but I also learned that I wanted to be involved in oncology, just not as a doctor. With every vaccine, with every cancer treatment, with every family history questionnaire, I am reminded why I have chosen a career in biomedical research and animal research compliance. I hope to see you virtually at the upcoming IACUC Conference. Read more

19
Mar2021

One of the many ways institutions can work on reducing unnecessary administrative burden is by re-evaluating their current policies, procedures, and forms. This can seem like a very daunting task and some may not really know where to start. But the answer is simple, really: when in doubt, go to the regulations. Read more