extending an especially warm welcome to our first-time attendees (you’ll know them by their rainbow ribbons), our scholars (read about PRIM&R’s scholarship programs on page 13), and to the research subjects and community members in our midst. Throughout my tenure here, I have tried to practice the gratitude attitude (“a state of mind or disposition of appreciative awareness and thankfulness”), since whatever PRIM&R has accomplished is attributable to the many hands, hearts, and minds that have been in the mix. In that spirit, some highly deserved words of thanks are due to the planning committees, who gave large chunks of their winters, springs, and summers to plan this educational feast before us (the full committee rosters can be found on the inside cover of this Guide). The three planning committees were led by Susan Kornetsky and David Strauss (Core Conference Planning Committee), Susie Hoffman and Elyse Summers (Workshop/ Didactic Sub-Committee), and Susan Fish and Nancy Olson (Poster Abstract Sub-Committee). They were joined by exceptionally smart and hardworking members who brainstormed about, wrestled with, and finally wrought this amazing program that you’re about to experience. Thank you, planning committee members, for developing such a staggering number of stellar sessions! Talented though they are, the planning committees cannot teach each of those sessions or create each of those posters, so my next huzzahs go out to the faculty and poster presenters, who are the oxygen that will bring this conference to life. A learning community needs high-quality teachers in order to be effective, and those teaching here have gone above and beyond the call of either volunteerism or any other duty, in order to ensure that the learning will be interactive and lively, and the knowledge gained current and reliable. There’s so much else I’d like to share about what awaits, but this Guide covers that ground too well to bear repeating. The one new offering that is especially near and dear to my heart is People & Perspectives (P&P), PRIM&R’s online archive that gathers and shares stories about the people, perspectives, and experiences of those whose lives have been touched by the fields of research ethics and regulation. I hope you will think about participating either while onsite or when you return home, as we cannot be a truly connected community unless we share our stories, our struggles, and our successes.
Before I harm more trees, I shall say farewell, which is “a wish of well-being upon parting.” That is my wish for you as I prepare to leave this job, which has been so much more than “just” a job. It has been a wonderful way of life, and it has provided me with a second family, a wellspring of energy, ideas, curiosity, connections, and with more joy, meaning, and fulfillment than I ever thought possible in the world of work. I received and experienced those many gifts because of the people I’ve met along the way, many of whom have become dear friends and cherished teachers. I thank each and every one of you for giving me the privilege of serving this extraordinary organization. I know that PRIM&R will continue to flourish after I pass the baton because of an incredible staff that is as caring as it is competent, and because of Board members who are wise, visionary, hardworking, and committed stewards. With their continued vigilance, and with the ongoing support of this community, “the center will hold” (with apologies to William Butler Yeats). In other words, so long as you keep coming, PRIM&R will keep going. Both welcome and farewell share the root well, which means “a pool fed by a spring,” “in a good or proper manner…justly, rightly,” “satisfactorily with respect to conduct or action,” “with careful or close attention,” “with skill and aptitude,” and “to an extent approaching completeness or thoroughness.” These definitions all reflect how I feel about the work you do…and I thank you for doing it so well and so faithfully. These are still the good ol’ days, and they will last so long as we have wholehearted people to share our journeys. Thank you for helping to make my days here the good ol’ type, and for the magnificent gift of working for and with you. Now I shall say farewell before I wear out my welcome, but one last request before signing off…if you see me in the Hynes’ halls, please say hello! I’m not so good at goodbyes, but I love hellos! Be well always, and in all ways!
Joan Rachlin, JD, MPH Executive Director, PRIM&R
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” - Ursula K. LeGuin n ove m b e r 7- 9 , b os t on , m as s ac hu s e t t s
Digital version fo the Conference Guide for the 2013 Advancing Ethical Research Conference