Welcome to the OHRP Research Community Forum, hosted by Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. We are pleased to present experts from the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and other federal agencies, as well as experienced IRB members, administrators and researchers discussing “The Changing Landscape of Research: Where Do We Go From Here?.” The Conference Steering Committee would like to extend a warm welcome to all attendees.
The main objective of this forum is to focus on changes in research and the regulatory and ethical issues that each institution, IRB and members of the research community must make in order to ensure the optimal protections for individuals who generously agree to participate in research studies. The speaker line up including federal officials, IRB experts, researchers and staff will promote discussion that will leave us all with a fresh commitment to the ethical conduct of human research studies. A secondary objective is to provide a means of networking with the research community at multiple levels, in small and large groups, and in a variety of learning contexts. The conference will begin with a keynote address from Dr. Richard Gorman “How Do You Know What You Think You Know?” Our plenary speaker is Dr. Ivor Pritchard discussing the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) of the Common Rule. The first day of the forum will include nine break-out sessions.
The second day of the forum will include a workshop that provides an opportunity for the research community to get up- close with federal staff from the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) to explore important aspects of human research protections. The workshop will combine didactic instructions, ‘hands-on’ learning exercises, and engaging interactions to help participants appreciate the challenges in protecting research subjects, and the rationale behind the HHS policies and how to apply them. Participants of the workshop are expected to have a working knowledge of the HHS regulations on human research protections.
We extend our gratitude to our speakers who take time out of their busy schedules to share their expertise. We appreciate OHRP sponsoring this unique program, and providing the opportunity for us to meet and renew our commitment to human research protections. We look forward to meeting all of you, and hope you enjoy your experience.