Natasha Blakeney, MPH, is the training director of the Education Network to Advance Clinical Trials (ENACCT). Founded in 2004, ENACCT is dedicated to improving cancer care and research through clinical trials. In this piece, reprinted from ENACCT’s blog, Natasha shares her perspective on increasing enrollment of African Americans in cancer clinical trials.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently released a video discussing African Americans and their participation in cancer clinical trials. The video highlights some of the well-known challenges affecting this study [...] Read more
by Emily A. Largent and Alan Wertheimer, PhD
In a recent post, we presented some of the key results from a 2010 survey we conducted with randomly selected PRIM&R members. As described in our article in IRB: Ethics and Human Research, “Money, Coercion, and Undue Inducement: Attitudes about Payments to Research Participants,” the survey explored their attitudes as to whether and why payment of research participants constitutes coercion or undue influence. We were interested in asking these questions because institutional review board (IRB) members are crucial gatekeepers in [...] Read more
Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, is director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and a senior research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. She was co-recipient of PRIM&R’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 with her husband, Tom L. Beauchamp.
When I was pregnant with my first child more than 30 years ago, I developed a serious medical problem (deep vein thrombosis) and was put on heparin, a blood thinner. With every injection, I worried about whether I was doing the right thing, [...] Read more
by Andrew N Rowan, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer of The Humane Society of the United States, PRIM&R Board Member, 1985-2010
The use of chimpanzees in invasive experiments has been a controversial issue for decades with proponents arguing that chimpanzee use is necessary to advance human health and opponents arguing that the practice is both unnecessary and unethical. Recent developments could lead to a possible resolution of this issue.
A National Academies’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee spent approximately eight months last year examining the necessity of using chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research. The Read more
by Mindy Reeter
It’s that time again. No, not tax time, but institutional review board (IRB) budget-writing time! My university’s fiscal year begins July 1, and preparation always starts early.
As a community IRB, we are supported financially by community partners. Many years ago, when the research volume was much less, such support came at a standard flat rate. In 2006, however, the need for a new way to calculate the cost for services became apparent as the research volume fluctuated among each partner,.
That year, we [...] Read more