Chair of research program’s institutional review board details big challenges ahead. “This is the largest government study ever on its own people.” Nancy Kass, Sc.D., a professor of bioethics and public health at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics was talking about the Precision Medicine Initiative, now called the All of Us Research Program

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Public Members Needed

March 29, 2017

The Research Involving Human Subjects Committee (RIHSC) FDA’s IRB, is looking for up to three individuals from the community to serve as public members on the committee

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This was the proposal: Deliberately infect a small group of consenting adults with the Zika virus to learn about the disease and speed up the search for a vaccine. The need is clear. Zika is an emerging global threat to public health. The disease can be devastating, especially for the babies of mothers who catch it while pregnant

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Chances are, you’re on Facebook right now. About 1.7 billion people—almost a quarter of the world’s population—actively use the social media platform . And though it’s free, Facebook isn’t charity. It has a product, and that product is you and me. The company cleared a tidy $5.2 billion from user-directed ads in the first quarter of 2016 alone

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The fundamental ethical responsibilities of the cohort IRB remain the same as for any other IRB, Nancy Kass said, but there are particular issues that require sensitivity. Kass is a bioethicist and deputy director for public health in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. She also has been tapped by the National Institutes of Health to lead the central IRB for the Precision Medicine Cohort Program

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Op-Ed by Carl Elliott: “If you want to see just how long an academic institution can tolerate a string of slow, festering research scandals, let me invite you to the University of Minnesota, where I teach medical ethics.”

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Johns Hopkins experts, including our Joseph Carrese, MD, MPH, discuss the regulations and importance of an Institutional Review Board and the guiding principles they operate by (video)

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Our Yoram Unguru’s letter to the editors of the WSJ, “Before children and their parents or guardians decide to participate in a research study, they must understand that the purpose of research isn’t to provide direct benefit”

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