IRB Advisor – February 1, 2020
February 1, 2020
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Study: Minorities Remain Underrepresented in Cancer Trials
A study of clinical trials involving cancer drugs over the past decade shows that the problem of studies enrolling too few racial and ethnic minorities has not improved, although the issue has been raised publicly for years.
Building Foundational Trust Among Minority Populations Is First Step
Lack of trust is an important issue affecting recruitment of underrepresented minorities in research studies. When there is little trust for medical and research professionals among a particular underrepresented minority group, it is important for research organizations to build a foundation for trust before recruiting people for a particular study. Trust issues can be ingrained in the culture, or based on individuals’ personal experiences in healthcare.
Pregnant Women Face ‘Default’ Exclusion From Clinical Trials
With the revised Common Rule removing pregnant women from the list of “vulnerable populations” in 2019, it is time for IRBs to reconsider the default exclusion of expectant mothers from clinical trials, a bioethicist argued in a new paper.
IRB Teaches Research Teams How to Write Key Informed Consent Information
The revised Common Rule charged IRBs with writing concise and focused informed consent information. The challenge for IRBs is how to achieve this. The Colorado Multiple IRB at the University of Colorado has found a novel solution: The IRB trained staff on how to write key information consistently. They also added these tasks to the IRB staff’s workload without delaying IRB reviews, or having to use additional staff resources.
Chinese Gene Edit Researcher Receives Three-Year Sentence
A rogue scientist who shocked the research community by genetically editing human embryos has been sentenced to three years in prison in China, according to the state-run press.
Social Media Effective Tool to Recruit Youth for Research Studies
Researchers are turning to social media to recruit participants, with a recent study revealing that Instagram and Snapchat are effective ways to reach youth.