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by Alice Dreger, PhD, Professor of Clinical Medical Humanities and Bioethics at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University

The heated debate about the National Institutes of Health- (NIH-) funded Surfactant Positive Airway Pressure and Pulse Oximetry Trial (SUPPORT) continued on October 27 in Atlanta at the annual [...] Read more


by Elisa A. Hurley, PhD, Education Director

Last Wednesday, August 28, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS) held a public meeting in Washington, DC on “matters related to protection of human subjects and research considering standard of care interventions.” It was an unprecedented event on a historic day—the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—and I was lucky enough to attend the event as a representative for PRIM&R. Over the course of two posts, I want to share some of my reflections from this remarkable day.

Those of you who have been following events for the past [...] Read more



by Joan Rachlin, JD, MPH, Executive Director

One of my close friends runs the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University School of Law, a project that seeks to achieve justice for civil rights era crimes that went unpunished. Last year, I attended a [...] Read more


by Elisa A. Hurley, PhD, Education Director

Those who have been following the Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial (SUPPORT) controversy know that the story has continued to unfold over the past month. Here I review several of the latest developments, some of which may have wide implications for the human research protections [...] Read more


On Monday, March 4, PRIM&R hosted a webinar titled PRIM&R’s Primer on the HIPAA/HITECH Act Omnibus Final Rule. Emily Chi Fogler, JD, senior legal counsel in the Office of General Counsel at Partners HealthCare System, and Jennifer Geetter, JD, partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, participated as speakers, with P. Pearl O’Rourke, MD, as moderator. Following the webinar, we connected with Emily Chi Fogler, and she kindly answered a few more questions that came in from webinar participants, for <[...] Read more