by Michael Leary, MA, CIP, Education and Compliance Specialist in the Human Research Protection Office at Washington University in St. Louis

There is an odd thing happening to institutional review boards (IRBs); they are becoming interesting. We are all familiar with the classic perception of the IRB as yet another administrative burden tucked away in the research process. But at many institutions, this perception is shifting. With the publication of books like Laura Stark’s Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research, and the steady increase [...] Read more


Welcome to another installment of our featured member interviews where we will continue to introduce you to more of our members—individuals who work to advance ethical research on a daily basis. Please read on to learn more about their professional experiences, how membership helps connect them to a larger community, and what goes on behind-the-scenes in their lives!

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melanie Mace, human research protections program (HRPP) education and [...] Read more


by Emily E. Anderson, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Bioethics, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Academic investigators who partner with communities to conduct research face many challenges. But many find that the rewards of collaborating, such as increased community trust and support and better recruitment and retention rates, are worthwhile. And communities benefit from these collaborations by receiving health-related programming, skill and capacity building, data, grants, and maybe even a [...] Read more


by Andrea Johnson, JD, CIP, Regulatory Specialist in the Research Integrity Office at Oregon Health and Science University 

It seems like just yesterday that I was walking around in beautiful 65-degree weather outside the San Diego Convention Center, overhearing discussions on the U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. The start of the New Year really has a way of making time fly, but I’m getting back in the [...] Read more


by Jackie Tekiela, MS, CIP, Institutional Review Board Administrator at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

As expected, the 2012 Advancing Ethical Research Conference delivered. I returned with huge amounts of information, and many ideas and networking contacts. Now that the holidays have passed, and I’ve about caught up on my work, I’m taking some time to reflect on my experiences and [...] Read more