A Systematic Exploration of IRB Review and Oversight of Research On, About, and Including Vulnerable Populations

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
At Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
April 30, 2018

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This full-day workshop provides a basic overview of the regulations that cover and explore vulnerable populations using an expanded definition of vulnerability. In this workshop we will discuss examples relevant to the federal regulations as well as examples of populations or situations that result in vulnerable-populations research such as homelessness, disability, substance use, gender and sexual diversity, undocumented residency, etc. This workshop will emphasize the risks in doing research with vulnerable populations, explore practical considerations for IRBs reviewing studies involving vulnerable populations, and provide examples of how to incorporate additional protections.


This workshop will be beneficial to human subjects research oversight personnel, including IRB chairs, administrators, members, and staff; researchers and research staff; and clinical research coordinators, staff, investigators, and clinicians.


Jeremy N. Block, PhD, MPP
Managing Partner; Venture Catalyst
Adjunct Professor, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, The City University of New York

Bruce G. Gordon, MD, FAAP
Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Regulatory Affairs; Executive Chairman, IRBs
University of Nebraska Medical Center

One City, Two Great Programs

Immediately following PRIM&R's workshop, the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), in partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Catalyst, Partners HealthCare, Tufts University, and Yale University, is hosting a Research Community Forum in the same location on May 1-2. Make the most of your trip and the cost of travel by registering for and attending both programs! This Research Community Forum, titled Informed Consent: Content, Communications and Emerging Technologies, will focus on issues of informed consent including upcoming changes to informed consent in the revised Common Rule and strategies for moving forward as a community to address issues of content, communications, and emerging technologies. The program will combine didactic instruction, interactive learning opportunities, lectures, panels, and workshop format.

Learn more about the OHRP Research Community Forum and register.

*Please note: registration for the OHRP Community Forum is separate from registration for PRIM&R’s workshop. If you would like to attend both programs, be sure you register for each via the respective websites for each program.