On March 30, 2021, PRIM&R hosted the webinar “Ominum-Gatherum: An SBER Variety Show.” During this webinar, Tonya Ferraro, MEd, and Andrew Hedrick, MPA, CIP, focused on three social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER) topics: Terms of Service agreements, randomized controlled trials in the social sciences, and research involving deception. Following the webinar, the presenters reflected on the session and prepared a guidance document for those working with SBER; we're pleased to share this resource with readers of Ampersand. Read more
TAG ARCHIVES FOR deception
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
You are a member of an IRB that is reviewing a study on the effectiveness of placebo “treatments.” It is well known that different sizes, shapes and colors of pills cause different levels of the placebo effect, which also varies by the therapeutic indication and the country/culture. The investigators want to test the placebo effect across a broad range of diseases and countries. The placebo pill will be presented as a “booster” to their current treatment--not a placebo. Read more
by Amy Davis, JD, MPH
Overheard, a new series here on Ampersand, is a glimpse into conversations, discussion, and debate on PRIM&R's IRB Forum. No participants or institutions are identified to preserve the mission and openness of the Forum, though IRB Forum members are welcome and encouraged to comment on these posts. To suggest a topic for Overheard, please contact us. If you are not a member of the IRB Forum and would like to join, you can do so here.
On the IRB Forum, people are [...] Read more
by Avery Avrakotos, education and policy manager, and Meryn Robinson, education and membership services
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 we are recounting some of the events that have shaped the field’s rich history in our 40 Years of Research Ethics series.