After spending three days indulging in San Antonio’s Tex-Mex and barbeque, I’m back at the office feeling like: https://gph.is/2dwtKjv
San Antonio was where Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research held its big annual conference this year. This year marked my 10th consecutive year covering this conference, which brings together thousands of people from all over the world to discuss research ethics and other human subject protection issues. It was also nice to be out in 85 degree weather in November, of which I definitely took advantage as I tried to file stories as quickly as possible.
The conference organizers kicked off the events on Monday with a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting in Sutherland Springs, which is about 30 miles from San Antonio. (As I walked around the Riverwalk, I noticed all the flags were flying at half-staff. The security guard at The Alamo told me it was the third time this month).
Despite the 800-pound gorilla that nobody could discuss—aka will the federal government delay the Common Rule, and what are those three provisions the Department of Health and Human Services wants to delay—it was still an informative conference. They talked about new consent requirements, broad consent, data sharing, and, of course, the single IRB requirement that goes into effect Jan. 25.
We’re putting together a special conference issue, but here are random quotes I heard over those three days:
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