For a variety of reasons, increasing numbers of institutions are developing research ethics consultation services to provide guidance to investigators, study teams, research subjects, and IRBs about ethical issues arising in particular research studies. The principal source of ethical review for human subjects research has traditionally been the IRB, and so the presence of an consultation service can raise questions about each entity’s role in the research review process. Read more
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From the Director: “Vulnerability” in the Revised Common RuleTags:
In this post, I continue my closer look at a few select areas of the revised Common Rule, which was published January 18, 2017 of this year, and is scheduled to go into effect January 19, 2018. One set of changes that has not gotten very much attention is that around the definition and categorization of “vulnerable” research subjects. In this post, I explain what those changes are and reflect a bit on their significance. Read more
In April, PRIM&R hosted the webinar Compensation or Inducement? What IRBs Need to Know about Paying Subjects for Participation. Presented by Alex John London, PhD, and Betsy Ripley, MD, MS, RAC, this webinar provided foundational knowledge about the underlying ethical principles that govern compensating tresearch subjects. Through case studies, examples, and review of existing guidance and regulations, attendees learned strategies for evaluating payment to subjects for their participation in studies. Here, the presenters answer some of the questions time didn’t permit us to answer live. Read more
40 Years of Research Ethics: The Prisoners at HolmesburgTags:
by Meryn Robinson, education and membership services intern
Since its founding in 1974, PRIM&R’s highest priority has been to provide those charged with ensuring research protections, as well as those involved in the design and implementation of research protocols, with the education, practical tools, and cutting-edge strategies needed for their work protecting subjects. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we are reflecting upon four decades of connecting and protecting, and recounting some of the events that have shaped the field’s rich history in our 40 Years of Research Ethics series.
In 1951, Read more
Poster Spotlight: Incentive Parameters for International Human Subjects ResearchTags:
by Avery Avrakotos, Education and Policy Coordinator
Preparations for the 2012 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference are gearing up, and I, for one, am getting excited about the annual poster presentations. To channel my excitement, I reached out to past presenter Brandon Brown to see how his work has progressed since he shared his poster at the 2011 AER Conference.