Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIMR) is an industry organization which advances the highest ethical standards in the conduct of biomedical and social science/behavioral research through education, membership services, professional certification, and public policy initiatives. All Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) staff are members. In addition all IRB and IACUC staff received or must pursue certification within 2 years of employment.

Our IACUC Director, Michelle Aparicio, serves as faculty and session facilitator moderating discussions during the annual national IACUC and IBC Conferences and is Vice-Chair of PRIM&R’s Council for the Certification of Professional IACUC Administrators (CCPIA®). Our Human Research Protection staff have presented or have had posters accepted for moderated discussion at every annual Advancing Ethical Research conference since 2007 on topics such as Reorganization of IRB Workflow to Improve Efficiency and Increase Professional Development, Focus Groups to Define Relevant Dimensions of the Research Participant Experience, A Regulatory Binder Initiative to Improve Organization and Conduct of Research, IRB Risk Assessment and Ethics in Genetics Research, and Improving Comprehension and Compliance with Informed Consent.