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Welcome from the Co-Chairs Welcome to the 2013 AER Conference. As your conference co-chairs, we are delighted to welcome you to Boston, and we are eager to share with you the exciting program developed by our planning committees. Each year, PRIM&R strives to create a forum at the AER Conference where research professionals can meet to exchange ideas, discuss best practices, and grapple with the complex ethical issues raised by research with human subjects. We are confident the next several days will provide you with insight and inspiration, challenge you to think about the larger issues related to research ethics and human subjects protections, offer you concrete tools to strengthen your knowledge and skills, and provide ample opportunities for networking with your colleagues from all over the world. The crafting of this year’s program was a collaboration involving more than 50 volunteers representing expertise from every corner of the field. This energetic, dedicated, and hardworking group was responsible for selecting five keynote speakers; designing 17 plenary sessions; planning 134 breakout and grand finale sessions; identifying more than 250 faculty members best suited to bringing the content to life; and reviewing 145 poster submissions. It was a vast undertaking, and we believe it has paid off in a program that is as timely and contentrich as they come. This year’s conference will feature five stellar keynote speakers. Joan Rachlin, JD, MPH, who will be retiring as PRIM&R’s executive director after 39 years of leading the organization, will provide her unique perspective on the development of research ethics and PRIM&R’s important role in this history. Surgeon and influential author Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, will share his thoughts about the value of research protections and speculate about a “checklist” for research ethics. Esther Duflo, PhD, will discuss lessons from her work using rigorous research methods to understand and relieve global poverty. Pioneering oncologist George D. Demetri, MD, will present on the ethical implications of moving toward precision or “personalized” medicine in cancer research and the lessons other sciences can learn from oncology research. And, psychiatrist and leading research ethics scholar Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, will speak about the historical and conceptual development of the therapeutic misconception and its implications for addressing inadequacies in the informed consent process. p rim& r’ s 20 1 3 adv anci ng e th i cal r e s e a rc h c on f e r e n c e

This year’s program will also feature 38 breakout sessions derived from PRIM&R’s Call for Session Proposals and Speaker Suggestions. We received more than 110 ideas through this process, and we cannot thank our community enough for taking the time to submit their proposals for the program. Finally, we are proud to announce that 98 exemplary posters are being featured in The Conference Connection this year, and that 13 of these posters have been selected for presentation during PRIM&R’s new “Innovations in…” series taking place on November 7 from 2:00 to 3:15 PM. Overall, we would like to thank all those who contributed to this year’s conference. We rely on our community for fresh ideas and perspectives, and the program is, without a doubt, stronger for those contributions. We encourage everyone to consider submitting a session proposal or poster abstract for the 2014 AER Conference! The Call for Session Proposals and Speaker Suggestions and the Call for Poster Abstracts for 2014 are already open; please visit www.primr.org/aer14 for details. So, welcome, once again, to Boston and to the 2013 AER Conference. We hope you will not only enjoy the meeting, but will return to your institutions with innovative strategies and strong collegial networks that you can use to enhance your research programs. We encourage you to make the most of this stimulating environment and the unique opportunities for dialogue, hard work, and fun offered in the 2013 program. Warmly, Susan Z. Kornetsky, MPH Director, Clinical Research Compliance Boston Children’s Hospital David H. Strauss, MD Deputy Director for Research, New York State Psychiatric Institute; Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University; Vice Chairman for Research Administration, Ethics and Policy, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2013 AER Conference Guide  

Digital version fo the Conference Guide for the 2013 Advancing Ethical Research Conference

2013 AER Conference Guide  

Digital version fo the Conference Guide for the 2013 Advancing Ethical Research Conference

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