by Elisa A. Hurley, PhD, Executive Director, and Avery Avrakotos, Education and Policy Manager The biomedical research landscape has evolved dramatically since the publication of the federal regulations for the protection of human subjects in 1974. In particular, research with human subjects has become an increasingly complex endeavor in which multi-center rather than institution-based research is increasingly the norm. In light of this shift, it is sensible to consider whether an alternative structure for research review better safeguards the rights and welfare of research participants and lessens unnecessary administrative burdens. In December, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) took a step in this direction with the release of a draft policy aimed at reducing inefficiencies associated with [...] Read more
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by Elisa A. Hurley, PhD, Executive Director, and Avery Avrakotos, Education and Policy Manager
On December 3, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a request for comments on its "Draft NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research," which "proposes that all NIH-funded multi-site studies carried out in the [United States], whether supported through grants, contracts, or the NIH intramural program, should use a single IRB."
Citing a changed research landscape, the background section of the policy suggests [...] Read more
Researchers are pleading with the US government to clarify the details of a recent moratorium placed on funding projects that show potential risks due to the use of certain viruses. Concerns include confusion on the specific viruses and experiments covered by the new policy. A statement released by the National [...] Read more
Did you catch the blood moon and the first lunar eclipse of the year? We hope so, but now it’s time to turn your gaze from the sky to the screen and catch up on what’s been going on in the field of research ethics!
The days are growing longer, spring is approaching, and before you can say Research Ethics Roundup, the crocuses will be emerging! Shake off the long winter and dig into some recent news stories on topics related to research ethics and oversight.