This week’s Research Ethics Roundup looks at several controversial issues emerging in the medical research field including whether clinical trials should be conducted on the use of psychiatric medications in infants.
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It seems that in many cases, IRB offices are struggling with processing and turnaround time of new and revised protocols. This can lead to overloaded agendas, which may not allow all IRB members enough time to review every item on the agenda prior to the IRB meetings. Jon Newlin, assistant director in the Office of the HRPP at North Shore-LIJ, explained during his presentation at the 2015 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER15), "Transformation to an All-Videoconference Flexible IRB Model: One Institution’s Experience," that to rectify this problem his institution consolidated their IRBs into one roster. In this process, they reduced their IRB from more than 20 voting members to nine with 60 [...] Read more
At last year’s PRIM&R Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference, John Wilbanks, chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks, enlightened us all with his talk "Informed Consent in the Mobile Era" on the possibilities of technology utilization in research. At the 2015 AER Conference’s "Moving Targets: The Challenges of Responsible Mobile Health (mHealth) Research" session, we got to see some examples of this mobile era that have built on and expanded the use of technology. [...] Read more
Technology takes center stage in this week's Research Ethics Roundup. On Monday, Apple introduced a new open-source framework that could have significant implications for the research enterprise, while, on the same day, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance aimed at clarifying the use of electronic processes to obtain informed consent.
Apple's ResearchKit Is a New Way to Do Medical Research: On Monday, Apple announced ResearchKit, an "open-source framework that lets medical researchers create diagnostic apps that tap into the screens and accelerometers on the iPhone." This article from Wired discusses the announcement and how the use of the framework could revolutionize research.[...] Read more
by Anita Pascoe, MS, CIP, project coordinator at Intermountain Healthcare
Time has flown by since December’s 2014 AER Conference. The holidays came and went, and, believe it or not, spring has announced its extremely premature arrival here in Salt Lake City. Two months post-conference, I am, however, still contemplating several of the key themes discussed during the four days in Baltimore. Topping my list of memorable conference moments is John Wilbanks’ keynote address, which hit home for me on a personal as well as a professional level.
Wilbanks noted that the nature of our global research enterprise has forever been altered because of the [...] Read more