Research ethics conference to focus on social, behavioral, and educational research

Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R), one of the leading organizations involved in public policy and education concerning research ethics and regulation, is sponsoring a conference devoted exclusively to social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER).  The conference, to be held on April 28-29, 2011, in Boston, is designed for researchers, members and staff of institutional review boards (IRB), and other research administrators.

The conference program is designed to help institutions build effective and efficient human research participant protection programs that are supportive of the behavioral and social sciences.

Over the last decade, the American Psychological Association’s Office of Research Ethics has collaborated with PRIM&R in expanding its educational programs focused on the behavioral and social sciences and in making them relevant not only to IRB professionals but to researchers as well. The 2011 SBER Conference features a keynote address by Mahzarin Banaji, professor of psychology at Harvard University, who will address the ethical dimensions of her research in social psychology and how she reconciles those with the regulatory requirements for research with human participants.  The program also features a panel discussion on conducting international research, which will include Thomas Eissenberg, of Virginia Commonwealth University, who serves as chair of the APA Committee on Human Research.

See the SBER Conference website for further information about the program and registration.