IRB Members

  • Great education opportunity at UAMS next week

    • 11.3.2017

    Some of the biggest sessions at next week’s Advancing Ethical Research conference in San Antonio will be available remotely on the UAMS campus, thanks to the UAMS Office of Research Compliance. The conference, organized each year by Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), is the big human subject research conference each year, where thousands of […]

  • Holidays, inclement weather, can complicate IRB meeting scheduling

    • 11.1.2017

    It’s that time of year again — winter (which is kinda of feeling like potentially a real thing so far this year) and the holidays both loom. Keep that in mind in your end-of-year planning if you have approval deadlines you really, truly need to meet. Here’s a reminder that, for reasons that are a […]

  • Joint OHRP and FDA guidance on meeting minutes

    • 10.27.2017

    The federal Office for Human Research Protections and the Food and Drug Administration have released a joint guidance addressing the requirements for IRB meeting minutes. We are excited about this for at least two reasons. First, we love it when OHRP and FDA work together on something. The two agencies have separate regulations, and while […]

  • Your weekly workload may vary, aka insight into how we assign agenda items and reviewers

    • 10.18.2017

    First, we at the IRB office and throughout the UAMS/ACH research community want to thank all of our members for their IRB service. We know that you have a lot going on in your lives, and we are grateful for the not-inconsiderable time and effort you devote to your IRB obligations. Our longest-term members may […]

  • A glorious day in the world of Certificate of Confidentiality procurement

    • 09.15.2017

    Oct. 1 is when the new policy pertaining to NIH’s issuance of certificates of confidentiality (CoC) takes effect, according to a recent NIH Blog post. Under the new policy, CoCs “will be issued automatically to NIH funded grants, cooperative agreements, contracts and intramural research projects research funded wholly or in part by the NIH that […]

  • Vulnerable subjects under the revised Common Rule

    • 09.13.2017

    The revised Common Rule’s changing definition of vulnerable populations is the focus of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) director Eliza Hurley’s most recent PRIM&R blog post. Dr. Hurley has some interesting comments about the removal of pregnant women as a vulnerable population, a change she describes as  “welcome and long overdue.” She also […]

  • Say hello to the new IRB staffer, Ashley Block

    • 09.7.2017

    The IRB has welcomed Ashley Block to its office staff. Ashley has worked in research and research administration for more than 15 years at UAMS. For the past 7 years, she was the Project Manager at the Research Division of the Section of Birth Defects in the College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics at UAMS. She […]

  • Following up with Stanford Prison Experiment participants, and some commentary on behavioral research in general

    • 08.25.2017

    The Stanford Prison Experiment, which occurred in August 1971, is one of those projects that gets mentioned in basically ALL educational material addressing research ethics. We know a lot about the study’s general outlines, but we don’t hear a lot directly from the people involved anymore. A Stanford publication recently made a 2011 article about […]

  • Lessons from the Tuskegee study still felt today

    • 08.10.2017

    The news about the Tuskegee study became public 45 years ago this summer. The federally funded study, which involved leaving syphilis untreated in African-American men for decades to follow its course, even after effective treatment became available, is one of the seminal events leading to the development of human subject protection regulations, policy, and best […]

  • What kind of enticement will prompt people to relinquish privacy?

    • 08.8.2017

    In IRB-land, we use a variation of what might be called “Notice and Choice” regarding subjects’ allowing access to their private information. We tell people up front what their private information might be used for, including in the future as well as for the current project, and then give them the choice to opt in […]