Today we’d like to introduce you to Roberto Veloso, JD, who serves as a member of PRIM&R’s Diversity Advisory Group.

Roberto has been a PRIM&R member for three years. He is an associate professor and chair of the IRB at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMU) in Provo, Utah. He is also an attorney practicing law in Annapolis, Maryland.
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by Avery Avrakotos, education and policy coordinator

The poster presentations for the 2012 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference will soon be announced. To help tide you over while you wait to explore the latest innovations in human subjects protections at the 2012 AER Conference, I sat down with Mike Linke who participated in the poster presentations at the 2011 AER Conference.


In October 1989, PRIM&R hosted a conference titled Whither IRBs in the 1990s? New Directions and New Decisions. During the conference, Professor George Annas, JD, MPH, reflected on the limits of institutional review boards (IRBs) when speaking on a panel about uses of fetal tissue and genetic research. He observed:

I think that IRBs have to recognize their institutional limits. In [...] Read more


Autumn may be here, but the leaves are not the only things turning heads this week. Peruse the latest installment of the Research Ethics Roundup for some colorful articles, including a fresh perspective on the purported rise of fraud in research, an essay on the role of institutional review boards (IRBs) in social science, and much more.

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by Kaye Edwards, Associate Professor of Independent College Programs at Haverford College

On September 27, I attended the PRIM&R webinar titled Community Engagement in International Research: Considerations for Ethics Review with Jim Lavery, MSc, PhD, and Katherine King, PhD. As a new member of PRIM&R and a former institutional review board (IRB) member at my institution, Haverford College, I found the webinar to be relevant and thought-provoking.

In their role of protecting human subjects in research, institutional review boards (IRBs) tend to focus on informed consent of individual participants, but Lavery and King encouraged us to consider not just individuals who [...] Read more