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October 1, 2011

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  • IRBs, others comment on possible change to centralized IRB reviews

    The proposed Common Rule changes that would permit a central IRB to review multiple site studies drew passionate responses both for and against the change in the early comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  • Researcher promotes IRB efficiency rating system

    While no one disputes the need for IRB reviews and their importance in reversing decades-old trends of human subjects abuses, some say IRBs often ignore the risks of delaying or rejecting research by overstating the risks to human subjects.
  • Review board model aids IRB's research protection

    Local context and the targeted populations' particular issues are important when research institutions strive to improve their human research subjects protection. IRBs and their mandate to include community members help meet this challenge.
  • Changes to Common Rule could affect biobanks

    For years, federal regulations have deemed the research use of deidentified blood and tissue samples collected in clinical procedures to be non-human subjects research, and therefore has not required informed consent from the patients from whom they were taken.
  • Adding kids to the mix

    When Vanderbilt University's BioVU biobank considered whether to add pediatric biospecimens to the adult samples already being gathered, officials faced a range of ethical questions.
  • Automation sorts out AEs that need no reporting

    IRBs wrestling with mounting numbers of adverse event (AE) reports have been encouraged to get a handle on which items need to be reported and which don't. But often, that choice isn't only up to the IRBs study coordinators will submit items even when they're told they don't have to.
  • Blog research: fine line between public/private

    As researchers and IRBs navigate the brave new world of Internet research, it's tempting to lump various types of research venues together applying the same rules to social media networks such as Facebook that they use for Internet chat rooms and blogs.