I attended Thursday’s Single IRB AER15 Pre-Conference program and found it educational, thought-provoking, and beneficial. While my institution (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital) has been steadily expanding into the realm of single IRBs, in my role as an educator, I’ve only recently become involved.  That’s why I chose this topic.

Let’s jump in with some terminology….

So what is a single IRB as compared to a central IRB? I’ve been calling all studies involving reliance on multiple IRBs central IRBs, so learning that I had it wrong was my first surprise. Proper terminology is key. The difference is that networks and/or consortia [...] Read more


AER15 Blog Squad: Jacqueline TulskyJacqueline Tulsky: What challenge do I hope to address at the conference?

Prisoners, drug users, persons living with mental illness. Care to name three groups who are more equally in need of human research and human research protection?  And now with the rapid rise in innovative technologies uniquely suited for use in these complex groups, the approach to ethical protection for them and their investigators is faced with many unanswered challenges. For example, the ethical and legal dilemma involved in data gathering with mobile tracking devices at the time of potentially illegal behavior [...] Read more


Courtney Zwieg: Next Generation IRB MeetingsCourtney Zwieg: Our institution is currently undergoing a myriad of changes. For one, we are streamlining our standard operating procedures, which seem to evolve with every change in technology. While we formerly received and sent everything out in paper format, we now accept most things via electronic file; however, we still receive paper copies of submission forms. Furthermore, we recently started to utilize electronic signatures by the chairs of our IRBs. While at the AER Conference, I hope to gather information so that [...] Read more


I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be a member of the Blog Squad for PRIM&R’s 2015 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER15). Last year was my first year attending the AER conference in Baltimore and it was, beyond a doubt, the most educational experience in my limited time in research. I’m very new to the world of IRBs and research administration and the conference helped me jump in with both feet.

During my time in Baltimore last year, the question I heard almost as much as "Where are you from?" was "How did you get into research?" [...] Read more


Greetings to Ampersand readers! I am a new member of the Blog Squad for PRIM&R’s 2015 Advancing Ethical Research (AER15) and 2015 Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research Conferences (SBER15) in Boston this November and look forward to creating interesting and helpful posts for you as the meetings unfold.

Trained as a general internist, I became an HIV disease and addiction medicine specialist during my 20 years of clinical, research, and teaching experience at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). I am currently a vice chair on one of the UCSF Committees on Human Research , but my [...] Read more