by Jim Gearhart, BA, Member of the Board of Directors for Quorum Review IRB
If you attended PRIM&R's 2014 Advancing Ethical Research (AER14) Conference in December, there's a good chance you attended the performance of "The Drama of DNA: Implications of Genomic Protocols that Reconceptualize the Boundaries of 'Normalcy.'" I'm saying the chances were good because the venue for "The Drama of DNA" was a large conference room filled to standing-room only capacity. In the time since the AER14, I have recalled more than once the themes that "The Drama of DNA" shared with us.
The "Drama of DNA" sprang from the [...] Read more
by Anne Meade, MS, PMP, senior manager for website and social media
The most recent revisions to the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals highlighted the importance of training for individuals involved with the care and use of animals. As Chris Newcomer explains in this excerpt on People & Perspectives, this was a welcome addition.
“I’ve seen indiscretions done in animal research…they almost always result not from somebody’s maliciousness; they result from their arrogance of thinking that they know enough to do a procedure the right way.”[...] Read more
by Anne Meade, MS, PMP, Senior Manager for Website and Social Media
For its December Question of the Month, our People & Perspectives program wants to know what you think will be the greatest challenge the research ethics field will face in the next 20 years.
Need inspiration? [...] Read more
by Rebecca D. Armstrong, DVM, PhD, director of research subject protection, at the University of California, Berkeley and a member of PRIM&R’s Education Committee
In early June, I was invited to attend a multiday convention, The Asilomar Convention for Learning Research in Higher Education, co-hosted by Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to share [...] Read more
by Veena Joshi, PhD, Independent Consultant, India
During my previous job at a tertiary hospital in India, a pediatrician from the institution approached the IRB office with a grant proposal. He wished to conduct a study with children under 12 years of age. While he had reviewed information online about the necessary documentation and regulatory requirements, he still sought the help of the IRB office since it was his first time serving as a principal investigator (PI).
Upon reviewing his documents, the IRB administrative staff found that the assent form was missing. The PI was not aware that an assent form [...] Read more