For over 40 years, PRIM&R has hosted educational events where professionals gather to deconstruct, discuss, and debate issues affecting the world of research ethics and oversight and to network with colleagues in the field.
The Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference will bring together more than 2,300 professionals from public and private institutions, the federal government, industry, and academia.
Always an irreplaceable learning and networking opportunity, this dynamic conference includes educational offerings for professionals involved in every facet of the research enterprise. Through engaging and informative keynote addresses, a series of thought-provoking panels on timely ethical issues, and highly practical breakout sessions, attendees will gain important insights on the fields of research ethics and human subject protections, increase their knowledge and understanding of ethical requirements, learn best practices and strategies for their implementation, and sharpen their skills for dealing with myriad of late-breaking and longstanding challenges. This meeting will also feature a poster gallery composed of novel approaches to the management, function, and operations of HRPPs/IRBs and empirical studies or conceptual analysis of challenging issues related to the conduct or oversight of research involving human subjects.
PRIM&R’s Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference is widely acknowledged to be the premier event for those in the field of human subjects protections.
We’re expecting more than 2,400 participants from all 50 US states and more than 30 countries who represent a variety of perspectives including: institutional review board (IRB) chairs, members, administrators, and staff; human research protections program professionals; federal agency representatives; industry representatives; researchers and research staff; institutional officials and other key decision-makers; ethicists; and community leaders.
PRIM&R strives to deliver an educational experience that helps attendees better understand and respond to the complexities of a rapidly changing research and regulatory environment. Our Supporters and Exhibitors play an important role in meeting this goal, so we hope you will consider joining us at AER18.
Since its founding in 1974, PRIM&R has pursued two core goals: creating a strong and vibrant community of ethics-minded research administration and oversight personnel, and providing educational and professional development opportunities that give that community the ongoing knowledge, support, and interaction it needs to raise the bar of research administration and oversight above regulatory compliance. PRIM&R has also formalized professional standards and credentials that document the expertise necessary for effective and appropriate research ethics support, and is active in public policy, offering expert opinion and guidance to the rule-making and advisory bodies governing the research enterprise and its practical applications.
Professor of Law, Stanford Law School; Professor of Health Research and Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine
Michelle Mello, BA, MPhil, PhD, JD is Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and Professor of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine. She conducts empirical research into issues at the intersection of law, ethics, and health policy. She is the author of more than 170 articles and book chapters on the medical malpractice system, medical errors and patient safety, public health law, pharmaceuticals, biomedical research ethics and governance, obesity policy, and other topics. The recipient of a number of awards for her research, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly called the Institute of Medicine) at the age of 40.
From 2000 to 2014, Dr. Mello was a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she directed the School’s Program in Law and Public Health. She has also served as a lab fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.
Dr. Mello teaches courses in torts and public health law. She holds a JD from the Yale Law School, a PhD in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MPhil from Oxford University, where she was a Marshall Scholar, and a B.A. from Stanford University.
Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy; Professor, Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health; Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta
Timothy Caulfield, BSc, LLB, LLM, FRSC, FCAHS is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and research director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, and the public representations of science and health policy issues has allowed him to publish over 350 academic articles. He has won numerous academic and writing awards and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Trudeau Foundation, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He contributes frequently for the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015). Caulfield is also the host and co-producer of the documentary TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death.