In August, the RAND Corporation, a policy research organization, released the first comprehensive profile of IRB demographics and function in 20 years: a “Profile of Institutional Review Board Characteristics Prior to the 2019 Implementation of the Revised Common Rule.” The report investigates questions about IRB practices, efficiency, and effectiveness on the cusp of implementation of the revised federal regulations, including single IRB review. (In December of 2017, PRIM&R helped get the word out to potential survey respondents.) Read more
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Reflections on the Advancing Ethical Research ConferenceTags:
PRIM&R’s 2018 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER18) was very inspiring. It provided me an opportunity to be immersed in an interesting learning opportunity, wherein I noted a common theme of this conference was to highlight the changes in the revised Common Rule and its practical implementation. Read more
A Quick (And Real) DividendTags:
Talk about a quick dividend! The dust hasn’t even settled on the travel bags that I carried to the 2015 SBER and AER Conferences, and yet I’m already applying the lessons learned to my responsibilities as IRB Chair at Providence College.
As you may recall from my previous Ampersand postings, my learning experiences at this year’s conferences focused on the difficult choices that are faced by researchers who are engaged in “big data” projects. These researchers find it impracticable to engage in routine [...] Read more
Managing Meningococcal DiseaseTags:
by Michael (Mike) Kraten, PhD, CPA, IRB Chair at Providence College
It's the news that no academic institution ever wants to hear. A life-threatening infection has struck a student on campus, and then a second student reports the same condition.
Recently, at Providence College in Rhode Island, two students contracted meningococcal infections and were rushed immediately to inpatient facilities. Working closely with the Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH), the College then managed to vaccinate over 3,000 at-risk undergraduate students in a single, brief, and intense outreach campaign with extensive information and medical applications.
That caught the attention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where epidemiologists and public health [...] Read more
The Need to Do What is Right: An Interview with Bruce GordonTags:
by Caroline Slymon, executive coordinator
In January, PRIM&R welcomed two new members to its board of directors, including Bruce Gordon, MD. Dr. Gordon is professor of pediatrics in the section of pediatric hematology/oncology and stem cell transplantation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Dr. Gordon has been a member of the UNMC institutional review board (IRB) since 1992, served as chair since 1996, and served as executive chair since 2011. He also organized, and is first chair of, a joint pediatric IRB with the Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. He has served on a variety of national committees and [...] Read more