CITI Program Co-Sponsors First OHRP Research Community Forum in Miami
The CITI Program along with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), Baptist Health South Florida, Miami Children’s Research Institute, Nova Southeastern University, University of Miami Human Subject Research Office, and the University of South Florida co-sponsored a dynamic two-day research community forum (RCF) on April 6-7, 2016. OHRP co-sponsors three to four RCFs each year, but this was the first time one was hosted in Miami, Florida. This was also the first time the event included a one-day pre-conference workshop in addition to the one-day conference.
Over 190 attendees participated in the sold out pre-conference workshop. The interactive workshop included reviewing sample biomedical and social-behavioral-educational protocols with the help of OHRP staff, a presentation from a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues about considerations for researchers and reviewers when studies may include subjects with potentially impaired consent capacity, and an examination of real past human research protections cases. Local speakers, representing several South Florida organizations, took the stage to discuss research that included different vulnerable populations they have encountered and strategies for ensuring effective consent.
The conference opened with keynote speaker Dr. Celia Fisher addressing the audience on vulnerable, marginalized, and at-risk participants in research. Ms. Julie Kaneshiro from OHRP followed with a session reviewing the public comments from the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The 270 attendees then were able to attend different breakout tracks including a federally-focused track, a 21st Century Research track, and a track focused on vulnerable populations in research. Speakers, many of whom are CITI Program content authors, represented some of the foremost experts in the field of human subjects research and the protection of human subjects. The conference concluded with time allotted for attendees to ask representatives of the federal government questions arising from their experiences during the day.