The IRB at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is quite small, and I was curious, in attending AER19 and connecting with other HRPP professionals, how we compared with other small institutions. As a young professional in a single-staff IRB office, I was also looking for tricks of the trade to improve my limited capabilities and address challenges that arise. Clear communication with campus stakeholders and planning small improvement objectives are effective measures when working against challenges like budget, capacity, and misconceptions. Read more
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As a relative newcomer to the IRB administrator profession, one of my goals for the 2017 Advancing Ethical Resesarch Conference was to meet and develop a network of other professionals at institutions similar to my own. At my institution, I am the only full-time IRB administrator, and at times, it can feel like I am alone in the wilderness of IRB administration. While there are countless useful resources available online, there is often much more nuance and perspective to be gained by being able to bounce ideas and discuss pitfalls with a more experienced individuals Read more
Though I have now returned home from New Orleans, I have brought both the great connections and the great experiences with me. The widely varied backgrounds and perspectives of 2017 IACUC Conference (IACUC17) attendees is an asset to those coming to learn about IACUC administration. Read more
One of my goals for attending the 2016 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER16) was to figure out a plan for how to address a growing need on my campus. Each year, we have more students interested in research. This means the Ethical Research Board (ERB) at my institution needs a clear path to support the faculty in the design and incorporation of research into their coursework and a way to educate students on how to create and conduct an ethical research project, all without overwhelming its members. The majority of our projects are social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER), and most are minimal risk, but as I mentioned in a previous post we are a new board, still working on our procedures and policies. I waited to discuss this goal in my wrap-up post intentionally – my questions were not necessarily addressed in a single session, but rather over the course of the the four days, through a series of sessions, networking luncheons, conversations, and panels. Read more
On Wednesday, September 18, PRIM&R hosted a webinar titled Doing More with Less: Best IRB Practices for Institutions with Small Research Programs. Scott Lipkin, DPM, CIP, chief of the Network Office of Research and Innovation at the Lehigh Valley Health Network, and Lori Roesch, CIM, CIP, manager or the research subject protection program at Aurora Health Care, Inc, participated as speakers, with Elisa A. Hurley, PhD, education director at PRIM&R, as moderator.