by Joan Rachlin, JD, MPH, Executive Director
The year was 1975—Saturday Night Live premiered, the Oscar-winning Best Picture One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was drawing people to the movie theaters, and the first VCRs were developed, allowing us to watch our favorite shows and films at home. Saigon fell, and the Apollo soared into space for a link-up with the Soviet spacecraft, the Soyuz. [...] Read more
Do April showers have you stuck indoors? Take a moment to peruse the latest installment of our Research Ethics Roundup. This week’s issue features articles on a wide range of topics, including how history should remember researchers with checkered pasts, why science tends to favor positive results, and much more.
Building public trust in genomic research: In this response to Read more
On March 12, 2013, PRIM&R hosted a webinar titled Online Research, Social Media, and the IRB: Assessing Ethics, Norms, and Risks. The presenters, Elizabeth Buchanan, PhD, and Joseph Konstan, PhD, answered many questions from the attendees during the lively question and answer period following this program. After the conclusion of the webinar, we asked Elizabeth and Joe to consider the remaining questions, and I’m pleased to share their answers with you today.
AS: Can you clarify what a crowdsourced dataset is, and provide examples, if possible?
EB & JK: Crowdsourcing is defined as "the practice [...] Read more
On February 28, 2013, PRIM&R hosted a webinar titled Key Decision Points: Is it Research Involving Human Subjects? It is Exempt? Is IRB Review Required? Following the webinar, I had a chance to connect with the presenters, Karen Hale, RPh, MPH, CIP, and Daniel Nelson, MSc, CIP, to discuss some of the questions that came in that they were unable to cover during the allotted time. Below, they share their perspectives on a few of the questions.
Q: Why can't I determine if a study involves "human subjects" before I determine if it is "research"?
A: From a regulatory standpoint, the definition of a “human [...] Read more
by Anne Meade, senior manager for website and social media
Each member of the PRIM&R staff is responsible for making sure that PRIM&R runs smoothly, whether their job is answering calls and planning programs, or updating the website and talking to members. No matter which job function we fulfill, it’s important that we stay informed about research ethics, and so we periodically review pertinent articles during our [...] Read more