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July 25, 2022

The story that made the Tuskegee study public

It was 50 years ago this weekend that the Tuskegee story became public, in a report in the now-defunct Washington Star, an afternoon newspaper, and then, a day later, via an Associated Press news story. The wire service moved the story again today to mark the anniversary. This is a bit of history we’ve all…


July 12, 2022

Sept. 30 Research Ethics Book Club signups now open!

Sign up now to discuss “Chasing My Cure,” by Dr. David Fajgenbaum, at the next meeting of the Research Ethics Book and Journal Club. Featured speakers are the author, Dr. Fajgenbaum, and UAMS’ own Frits van Rhee. You can sign up at this link. The class will be via Zoom, and is scheduled for Sept….


July 1, 2022

Staff CITI training and IRB approvals

To minimize the delays in approving new submissions, modifications, and continuing reviews, the IRB will no longer send contingencies about a study staffer not having current CITI training. Instead, the IRB will send a note reminding the team that this staffer does not have IRB approval to interact with human subjects or access identifiable study…


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…



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