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    Before the conference

    Connect online

    If you are registered for AER18, we want you to get connected. Tweet us @primrconnect, and use the hashtag #AER18 whenever you're tweeting about the conference.

    Volunteer opportunities

    Volunteering provides an excellent way to network, connect, and meet new people. Find out more information about our volunteer opportunities.

    During the conference

    Networking ribbons

    Networking ribbons will be available in the On-Site Check-In Area. Ribbons note professional affiliations as they relate to research ethics, and are a great way to find others with similar affiliations and interests. Consider adding a ribbon or two to your name badge on-site.

    Explore San Diego on Foot

    Join PRIM&R volunteer Carole Krus on a brisk morning run/walk around San Diego:

    Wednesday, November 14: 6:15 AM
    Thursday, November 15: 6:15 AM
    Friday, November 16: 6:15 AM
    Saturday, November 17: 6:15 AM

    The group will meet each morning at the Grand Stairway on the bayside of the San Diego Convention Center. Email Carole at ckrus@jcu.edu, or find her on Twitter @CaroleMoranKrus to join.

    CITI Research Study

    The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) at Duke University is partnering with the National Institutes of Health to develop an evaluation framework of NIH’s policy on single IRBs (sIRB).

    To create an evidence-based evaluation framework, CTTI is conducting research that consists of interviews with IRB chairs, regulatory administrators, representatives from independent IRBs, and other individuals in leadership positions who are engaged in the sIRB process to identify metrics to consider for the evaluation framework.

    We will conduct these interviews on the telephone or in person at PRIM&R in November. The interviews will last about 1 hour, and participant time will be compensated.

    If you are interested in sharing your experiences and ideas, please contact Katelyn Blanchard, CTTI Research Assistant, at 919-668-8003 or katelyn.blanchard@duke.edu. Katelyn will conduct screening and connect you with the on-site interviewer Kevin McKenna, M.P.H., who will be conducting interviews in the Ballroom 20D Workroom from November 14-17.

    If you have any logistical questions about the study, please contact the CTTI Program Manager, Sara Calvert (sara.calvert@duke.edu; 919-668-7540). You may also contact the Principal Investigator, Amy Corneli, PhD, (amy.corneli@duke.edu; 919-668-9238), or the University of North Carolina’s Office of Human Research Ethics (IRB_subjects@unc.edu; 919-966-3113), with any questions you may have.

    The Exhibit Hall

    Throughout the conference, join us in the AER18 Exhibit Hall, which is home to breaks, lunch, and receptions, the Supporters and Exhibitors, the Poster Presentations, the PRIM&R Booth and Demo Theater, the Internet Café, and the Charging Lounge. Be sure to join us at the following events in the hall (schedule subject to change):

    November 15:November 16:November 17:
    10:00-10:30AM:
    Beverage break
    9:30-10:00 AM:
    Beverage break
    9:30-10:00 AM:
    Beverage break
    11:45 AM-1:00 PM:
    Networking Luncheon Supported by CITI, a division of BRANY
    12:30-1:30 PM:
    Networking Lunch
     
    12:15-12:35 PM:
    Overview of the CIP Exam
    1:00-2:00 PM:
    Overview and Demonstration
    of PRIM&R's New
    Ethical Research Oversight Course
     
    12:30-1:00 PM:
    Meet the AER18 Supporters and Exhibitors;
    Visit the Posters;
    Federal Agency Office Hours
    4:45-6:00 PM:
    Networking Reception With the Supporters, Exhibitors;
    Visit the Poster Authors;
    Federal Agency Office Hours
     
    12:40-1:00 PM:
    Quorum Review IRB
    Demo Presentation
    4:50-5:10 PM:
    Cayuse Demo Presentation
     
    4:45-5:05 PM:
    Forte eReg: Ensure Compliance and Streamline Your Regulatory Processes
      
    4:50-5:10 PM:
    Overview and Demonstration
    of PRIM&R's New
    Ethical Research Oversight Course
      

    Wednesday, November 14

    4:30-5:30 PM
    Preconference Programs Networking Reception

    All those registered to attend a preconference program on November 14 are welcome to attend a networking reception immediately following the conclusion of their program. Drinks and light refreshments will be served. Preconference programs and the networking reception will take place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt located next to the Convention Center.

    Thursday, November 15

    7:00-8:00 AM
    Continental Breakfast to Welcome First-Time Attendees

    Attending the AER Conference for the first time can be exciting and overwhelming, which is why PRIM&R invites all first-time attendees to participate in this special breakfast. This event is a great opportunity for first-time attendees to ask questions of the PRIM&R staff and seasoned attendees about the conference and PRIM&R in general, and to learn about strategies and resources that can help them make the most of their conference experience. We would love to see you there! Pre-registration is required. Sign up when registering online or email us.

    11:45 AM-1:00 PM
    Networking Lunch Supported by CITI Program, a division of BRANY

    Connect over lunch. Meet peers for conversation and networking. All are welcome. PRIM&R would like to thank CITI Program (a division of BRANY) for helping to support today's lunch.

    11:45 AM-1:00 PM
    Research Ethics Discussion Luncheon: Fighting Health Myths with Stories, Art, and Fun

    Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and participate in a vibrant discussion with Professor Caulfield after his keynote address. Note: A buffet lunch will be served outside the session room. The formal presentation will start at 12:00 PM.

    12:15-12:35 PM
    Overview of the CIP Exam

    Join us in the AER18 Demo Theatre in the exhibit hall to learn the ins and outs of the CIP examination. During this time, CIP Council members will provide background on how the examination is constructed, and will review sample examination questions and answer options. Please join us for this unique insight into the CIP exam! If you are unable to join us, but would like to learn more about the CIP exam while on-site at the conference, stop by the PRIM&R Booth or email us for more information.

    12:30-1:00 PM
    Meet and Greet With the AER18 Supporters and Exhibitors

    Network with the AER18 Supporters and Exhibitors, and learn about their important services.

    12:30-1:00 PM
    Federal Agency Office Hours

    During this time, representatives from select federal agencies will be available to answer attendee questions, engage in dialogue, provide clarification, and/or direct attendees to additional resources. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with questions, which will be taken on a first come basis. Check the agenda for an updated list of participating organizations.

    4:15-5:30 PM
    AER18 Welcome Reception

    Join us in the AER18 Exhibit Hall to celebrate the opening of the conference. During this time, you'll be able to meet our conference the supporters and exhibitors and view the posters. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

    4:45-5:05 PM
    Forte eReg: Ensure Compliance and Streamline Your Regulatory Processes

    Think beyond the binder. Forte eReg allows you to boost compliance and productivity across your organization with a system designed for academic institutions managing a large volume of protocols. In our demo on November 15, we’ll discuss how eReg can:

    • Increase regulatory compliance
    • Boost research productivity
    • Create strategic, targeted workflows for your staff
    5:45-7:15 PM
    Young Professionals Networking Reception

    Connect with other young professionals interested in research ethics and relax after a busy day in San Diego. Don't forget to bring the drink ticket you received with your registration materials! While all attendees are welcome, complimentary drink tickets will be provided for young professional registrants only. Location: Half Door Brewing, 903 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101.

    Friday, November 16

    12:30-1:30 PM
    Networking Lunch

    Connect over lunch. Meet peers for conversation and networking.

    4:45-6:00 PM
    Networking Reception With the Supporters and Exhibitors

    Join us in the AER18 Exhibit Hall to meet and greet the supporters and exhibitors. Light refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

    12:30-1:30 PM, Room 31C (bring your boxed lunch)
    Focus Group on Applying the Common Rule to Big Data Research

    Members of the NSF-funded PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics project are holding two focus group sessions at PRIM&R to better understand how IRBs are applying the Common Rule when dealing with pervasive data: rich personal information generated through digital interaction and available for computational analysis. Pervasive data research is research that 1) gathers digital data about people; 2) uses computational methods to understand individuals’ or groups’ health, habits, routines, or beliefs; 3) and may frequently (but not always) collect data without the awareness of the studied population.

    How are IRBs defining public or repurposed data from online sources? What are the biggest challenges when dealing with pervasive data research? What other ethical issues in big data are not covered by Common Rule provisions? What would be helpful for IRBs when reviewing protocols relying on pervasive data?

    Join us for a guided, open discussion of how the Common Rule should apply to case studies developed through PERVADE’s ongoing empirical research. Participants will be required to consent to the use of non-identified field notes and audio recordings for research.

    Members of the PERVADE Team who will be on site include Jacob Metcalf, Michael Zimmer, and Matthew Bietz, with remote participation by Katie Shilton. Onsite contact info: Jacob Metcalf.

    4:45-6:00 PM
    Meet the AER18 Poster Authors

    Visit with the authors of the posters featured in the AER18 Poster Presentation Program and learn more about their innovative and important work on new program initiatives, empirical research, and conceptual analyses. The presentation of the posters promotes interdisciplinary sharing and collaboration, and facilitates the exchange of ideas, information, and practical strategies for managing the many challenges faced by research professionals.

    4:45-6:00 PM
    Federal Agency Office Hours

    During this time, representatives from select federal agencies will be available to answer attendee questions, engage in dialogue, provide clarification, and/or direct attendees to additional resources. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with questions, which will be taken on a first come basis. Check the agenda for an updated list of participating organizations.

    4:45-6:00 PM
    Networking Reception With the Supporters and Exhibitors

    Join us in the AER18 Exhibit Hall to meet and greet the supporters and exhibitors. Light refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

    6:00-7:00 PM, Room 31C (small refreshments provided)
    Focus Group on Applying the Common Rule to Big Data Research

    Members of the NSF-funded PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics project are holding two focus group sessions at PRIM&R to better understand how IRBs are applying the Common Rule when dealing with pervasive data: rich personal information generated through digital interaction and available for computational analysis. Pervasive data research is research that 1) gathers digital data about people; 2) uses computational methods to understand individuals’ or groups’ health, habits, routines, or beliefs; 3) and may frequently (but not always) collect data without the awareness of the studied population.

    How are IRBs defining public or repurposed data from online sources? What are the biggest challenges when dealing with pervasive data research? What other ethical issues in big data are not covered by Common Rule provisions? What would be helpful for IRBs when reviewing protocols relying on pervasive data?

    Join us for a guided, open discussion of how the Common Rule should apply to case studies developed through PERVADE’s ongoing empirical research. Participants will be required to consent to the use of non-identified field notes and audio recordings for research.

    Members of the PERVADE Team who will be on site include Jacob Metcalf, Michael Zimmer, and Matthew Bietz, with remote participation by Katie Shilton. Onsite contact info: Jacob Metcalf.

    Saturday, November 17

    12:45-2:30 PM
    Closing General Session Luncheon: Research Ethics, Race, and Opioids: The Evolution of the Perfect Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic claims the lives of 116 individuals in the United States every day. This fact has contributed to recent public policy responses, and has fueled considerations of overdose reversing medications and harm reduction (e.g., safe-injection sites). This epidemic, as with those before, is not only about addiction: epidemics are about culture, politics, prejudice, and stereotypes. The current opioid crisis provides a lens through which the impact of race, class, gender, and social injustices can be considered. Some argue the current crisis is partly the result of a stark racial divide. When white Americans become addicted, it's seen as proof of a breakdown of society, but when minorities become addicted, it's viewed as evidence of an individual's moral failing. This panel will consider how society as a whole, including the research enterprise, frame the language and discourse around epidemics, how racial and economic injustices are perpetuated through public policy and research responses, and will examine the politics and framing of epidemics, stigma, and morality. Note: Lunch will be served during this session. The formal presentation will begin at 1:15 PM.