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  • About the AER Conference

    For over 40 years, PRIM&R has hosted educational events where professionals gather to deconstruct, discuss, and debate issues affecting the world of research ethics and oversight and to network with colleagues in the field.

    The 2016 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference will bring together more than 2,300 professionals from public and private institutions, the federal government, industry, and academia.

    Always an irreplaceable learning and networking opportunity, this dynamic conference includes educational offerings for professionals involved in every facet of the research enterprise. Through engaging and informative keynote addresses, a series of thought-provoking panels on timely ethical issues, and highly practical breakout sessions, attendees will gain important insights on the fields of research ethics and human subject protections, increase their knowledge and understanding of ethical requirements, learn best practices and strategies for their implementation, and sharpen their skills for dealing with myriad of late-breaking and longstanding challenges. This meeting will also feature a poster gallery composed of novel approaches to the management, function, and operations of HRPPs/IRBs and empirical studies or conceptual analysis of challenging issues related to the conduct or oversight of research involving human subjects.

    Topics will include:

    • Accreditation
    • Biobanking
    • Community engagement and involvement
    • Comparative effectiveness research
    • Education and training
    • Federal regulations
    • Global research
    • HRPP/IRB operations
    • Informed consent
    • Legal issues
    • Mobile applications and internet-based research
    • Populations requiring additional protections
    • Privacy and confidentiality
    • Quality assurance and improvement and post-approval monitoring
    • Regulatory balance
    • Social and behavioral research 

    Who Should attend:

    • Advocacy organization representatives
    • Attorneys
    • Educators
    • Ethicists
    • Faculty members
    • Government employees
    • Grants/contracts officers
    • Hospital administrators
    • HRPP/IRB/REC directors/managers
    • HRPP/IRB/REC staff
    • IRB/REC chairs
    • IRB/REC members
    • Industry representatives
    • Institutional officials
    • Media representatives
    • Policymakers
    • Regulatory compliance coordinators/officers
    • Researchers
    • Research administrators
    • Research coordinators/staff
    • Students
    • Unaffiliated/community/non-scientific committee members