by Avery Avrakotos, Education and Policy Manager, and Meryn Robinson, Educational Program and Membership Services

Technological advances, the growing need for comparative effectiveness research, an increasing demand for data transparency, and the continued globalization of the research enterprise were among some of the issues that human subjects protections professionals grappled with in 2013. For those involved in animal care and use, the year marked a continuation of efforts to educate the public about the value of animal research. As we reflect on 2013, and look ahead to what 2014 will bring, we are pleased to share with you a collection of Ampersand posts that reflect some of the year's major events, both for PRIM&R and [...] Read more


PRIM&R succeeds in advancing ethical research because of the work of the committed and professionals who comprise its membership. In November, at the 2013 Advancing Ethical Research Conference, we were pleased to recognize the tremendous achievements of two of our members whose contributions have been instrumental to fulfilling PRIM&R’s mission.

Daniel K. Nelson, MSc, CIP, was the recipient of the Read more


PRIM&R reexamined this issue in 2019; read that piece here.

by Ali Hall, Educational Programs Assistant

At a recent discussion at one of PRIM&R’s staff meetings, we took up the issue of how to refer to those who volunteer to participate in research. More specifically, our conversation started with the fact that PRIM&R uses the term “research subject,” rather than the term “research participant.” The significance of this very conscious choice of language had previously managed to escape me, and so I found the ensuing discussion incredibly enlightening.

While research “subject” is the more traditional [...] Read more


by Maeve Luthin, JD, Professional Development Manager

For the second post in our two part series highlighting the evaluation results from the 2013 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference, I'll be sharing your favorite parts of the meeting. We hope that we will be able to recreate some of these successes (and that you’ll be with us to witness them!) in Baltimore, MD, on December 5-7, 2014 for the 2014 AER Conference!

Finding Posters: We tried something new, and you told us that it [...] Read more