Welcome to another installment of our featured member profiles where we introduce you to a PRIM&R member who works to advance ethical research on a daily basis. Please read on to learn about this member’s professional experiences, perspectives on  membership, and personal outlook.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fredeswinda Rivera Ocasio, institutional review board (IRB) administrator at the Inter American University of PR in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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by Michael McDonald, PhD

Michael McDonald is emeritus professor of applied ethics at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia and the webmaster for  Quality Improvement for Research Ethics (QI4 research ethics).

It often seems to me that there are three solitudes in research participant protections: Read more


Laura Stark, PhD, serves as an assistant professor of medicine, health and society at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on medicine, morality, and the modern state. Her recent publication, Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research, explores the development of human subjects protections regulations and the manner in which these rules are played out within institutional review boards (IRBs) today. Stark will be onsite at the 2012 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference to lead a research ethics book group lunch and sign books on Wednesday, December 5. Leading up to her talk, Stark will be sharing a series of blog posts [...] Read more


by Henry Silverman, MD, MA, professor of medicine, chair of the ethics advisory committee, and director of the Middle East Research Ethics Training Initiative at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

For more than 10 years, the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded several educational programs that aim to strengthen research bioethics expertise in in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).  Such programs offer intensive education on research ethics to in-country academics who then can enhance local ethics review of research, develop [...] Read more


by Elisa Hurley, PhD, Education Director

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the second Asia Pacific Research Ethics Conference (APREC), which took place March 7-9 in Singapore. The meeting was organized by the National Healthcare Group (NHG), and PRIM&R was proud to serve as the meeting’s co-sponsor, as we did for [...] Read more