by Elizabeth Cooper, program assistant 

October 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the 40-year-long Public Health Service (PHS) Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. Partly because of this significant milestone, the study and its legacy for the research ethics field have been on our minds here, at the PRIM&R office, and were the topics of discussion during a recent staff meeting. To stimulate our discussion, the staff read excerpts from <[...] Read more


by Amy Davis, JD, MPH, Senior Director for Programs and Publications

PRIM&R recently sent comments to Congressman Edward Markey, (D-MA), senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on a bill called the Trial and Experimental Studies Transparency (TEST) Act of 2012. The goal of the bill is to increase transparency of clinical trials by expanding reporting [...] Read more


by Joanna Cardinal, Assistant Director for Membership and IT Operations

In 2006, PRIM&R’s Board of Directors adopted a number of core values to codify the culture and priorities of our organization. One of these core values is diversity, or the priority of working “hard to value and promote the diversity of people, ideas, and opinions.” To ensure success supporting this value, in 2011, the Diversity Advisory Group (DAG) was developed. The DAG’s initial goal is to examine the issue of diversity as it pertains to PRIM&R’s membership. Specifically, the DAG will make recommendations to the [...] Read more


by Avery Avrakotos, Education and Policy Coordinator

Preparations for the 2012 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference  are gearing up, and I for one am getting excited about the annual poster presentations. To channel my excitement, I reached out to some of our past presenters to find out what they have been up to. This week, I chatted with Amal Matar, PRIM&R’s 2010 Pillar of PRIM&R Award recipient, to see how her work has progressed since she shared her work at the 2011 AER [...] Read more