TAG ARCHIVES FOR sber

8
Sep2021

IRBs come in many types, focusing on dramatically different categories of research from Phase I drug research to studies focused solely on education and social science. It may seem at first that the latter entails simpler ethical problems than, say, multisyllabic first-in-human drug trials for cancer, but very low-risk nonmedical research presents its own challenges for the IRB. Read more

3
Aug2021

On March 30, 2021, PRIM&R hosted the webinar “Ominum-Gatherum: An SBER Variety Show.” During this webinar, Tonya Ferraro, MEd, and Andrew Hedrick, MPA, CIP, focused on three social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER) topics: Terms of Service agreements, randomized controlled trials in the social sciences, and research involving deception.  Following the webinar, the presenters reflected on the session and prepared a guidance document for those working with SBER; we're pleased to share this resource with readers of Ampersand.  Read more

29
Sep2020

I recommend all young professionals attend at least one PRIM&R Conference. PRIM&R has become an ever-growing repository of knowledge for research ethics and compliance, and the attending a conference will refresh your passion for research ethics. I felt my career path strengthening by establishing connections with likeminded individuals nationally and internationally. The willingness to collaborate, share, and advise could easily be witnessed in each session, break, and lunch period. I established new relationships that helped me understand the history of research ethics and IRBs in higher education. Operating a single staff IRB program can feel very isolating; the connections and knowledge gained from attending the PRIM&R SBER/AER Conference reduced the isolation I felt and gave me hope for the future of research ethics. Read more

9
Mar2020

I was eager to attend the session "Reviewing Exercise Science Research at Primarily SBER Institutions" (speakers: Summer B. Cook, PhD; Michael Leary, PhD CIP; Meghan Felicia Pronovost, MS) during the 2019 Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research Conference (SBER19) specifically because of some of the research occurring at my institution. I was curious how our process stacked up with other institutions, and I had hopes of providing tips to improve research methods for our investigators/student researchers as well as the review and critical thinking practices of the IRB committee. I noticed a plethora of similarities and opportunities for advancement, as expected. As the session continued, I began to wonder how we as administrators balance the specificity of our application and approval process with the variation of protocols we review in our limited capacities. I thought to myself: what would it take to integrate a change in practice based on new education from SBER19? What is the added value of the change? How does it compare with the amount of work it would take to devise and implement the change? Read more

8
Jan2020

The risks associated with social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER) are often subjective, unpredictable, and hard-to-identify. Even the most experienced reviewers struggle with quantifying potential harms associated with SBER. On March 20, 2019, PRIM&R hosted a webinar, Assessing and Mitigating Risk in SBER. Presented by Amy Ben-Arieh, JD, MPH and Lara Sloboda, PhD, this webinar helped attendees understand risk as defined in the regulations and as applied to SBER; implement strategies for mitigating risk in SBER; and appreciate the complex nature of risk assessment and mitigation in SBER. Read more