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May 13, 2022

Tuskegee study revelations now 50 years old

It was a half-century ago that the public first learned of the extent of the Tuskegee syphilis study, despite its having gone on for decades and journal articles about it being published as early as 1926. Author Martin J. Tobin recounts the story of this study and of another US Public Health Service (PHS)-led study…


April 29, 2022

Updates to our local context review/sponsor form completion cheat sheet

We’ve made updates to the document we’ve created to help study teams complete local context forms (for xIRB studies) and site-specific forms for sponsors. The form now contains links to policies relevant to certain topics, and we’ve added language to the “Children in Research” section describing wards of the state. You can access the form…


April 28, 2022

Minor update to IRB policy on research involving children

The IRB has updated its policy 17.1, Children in Research. We have added language to increase flexibility on parental permission requirements for research not subject to federal regulations. Specifically, this policy revision codifies the IRB’s flexibility to consider requiring only one parent’s permission for a child to participate in research that has been found to…


April 21, 2022

Save the Date for the next Research Ethics Journal and Book Club meeting!

Big news! We are thrilled to announce the expected speaker lineup at the next meeting of our Research Ethics Book and Journal Club. The book we’ll talk about is “Chasing My Cure.”  The best part? Our scheduled speakers are Dr. David Fajgenbaum, who wrote the book, and our very own Dr. Frits van Rhee, who…


IRB Review of Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence Projects

Research, health care, and science all keep racing ahead, and human research protection programs keep trying to keep up. Studies involving development and testing of machine learning/artificial intelligence (ML/AI) projects that use software were just not on most IRBs’ radar 10-15 years ago, but now they’re here, and we are learning how to best review…


New initiative regarding genomic data

IRB staff and reviewers (and plenty of others, too) lie awake at night thinking about the ethical implications of research involving genomic data. While we all tend to worry about the identifiability of such data, genomic research can create large, population-wide considerations. Population descriptors used in genomic research can be one factor leading to health…


April 4, 2022

Long COVID prompting patient-driven research

The distance between researchers in the lab and the patients who benefit from research findings used to feel like a Grand Canyon-sized gap. However, over the past few decades, at least as far back as the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, patients have played an growing role in research development and making research results available…


March 14, 2022

UAMS and UAMS IRB info for industry sponsors and external IRBs now online in one place

Because we try to keep things simple at the IRB (or maybe we’re just simple folk), we’re thrilled to announce that we have created a resource that contains information that industry sponsors and external IRBs tend to ask for as we start up our site in multi-site studies. We’ve collated the responses to the questions…


March 2, 2022

Recap of IRB member training

We’ve talked to the IRB Blog Central Archivist, and given her a stern talking-to about posting the slides from our IRB member trainings. Below are slides from education sessions that have continuing relevance. (Yes, every topic is relevant, but some, such as courses related to preparation for the AAHRPP site visit, have less long-term relevance than…


February 28, 2022

Beecher Report to launch book/journal club

How many times have you heard a reference to “The Beecher Report”? This report is considered a foundational document underpinning human research ethics, but it’s unclear how many of us who work in human subject research have had a chance to actually read and discuss it. Because we want to give the UAMS human research…



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