2011 SBER Conference

Sponsored by:
Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)

This two-day conference included a range of keynote addresses, panels, workshops, and didactic sessions, all of which were designed to help build and strengthen effective human subjects protections programs applicable to social, behavioral, and educational (SBE) research.

Video and audio recordings of select sessions at the 2011 SBER Conference are available for conference attendees, or for PRIM&R members in the Knowledge Center.

April 26 – April 27, 2011

Pre-Conference Educational Programs:

IRB Administrator 101
This one-and-a-half day program was specifically geared toward both new administrators and those in need of a "refresher" course. The curriculum for IRB Administrator 101 included the identification of the key components of human research protections programs, an examination of the primary responsibilities of administrators, and a review of strategies and policies for developing and/or strengthening an institution's human research protections programs.


  • Susan Kornetsky, MPH, CIP
  • Ada Sue Selwitz, MA

IRB 101sm SBER
This one day program reviewed the fundementals of IRBs with a focus on their development, the underlying ethical principles, procedures for reviewing research, and the key regulations that govern IRBs. Special emphasis was given to the operations of IRBs in social, behavioral, and educational research settings.


  • Helen McGough, MA
  • Jeffrey Cohen, PhD, CIP


April 28 – April 29, 2011

2011 Social, Behavioral, & Educational Research Conference - Download the conference schedule
Attendees learned about ethical issues related to the exploding field of internet-based research, and best practices for the review and monitoring of SBE research. Faculty explored strategies for better understanding how to assess risk, how to optimize the flexibility inherent in the federal regulations, and for generally building stronger alliances among investigators, institutional review board (IRBs), and institutional officials during the conference.

Workshops and didactic Sessions featured:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Reviewing and Conducting Socially Sensitive Research
  • Definitions and boundaries of Human Subjects Research
  • Enhanced processes for Applying the Exemptions
  • Education research ethics
  • Research with Vulnerable Populations
  • Reviewing and Reporting Unanticipated Problems
  • Strategies for Improving Informed Consent
  • Challenges in Intercultural Research and Research with Non-English Speaking Subjects