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Study: Many people with Hepatitis B don't know they're infected. See the news story.

ScienceDaily reported on a new toolkit available for researchers and institutional review boards designed to simplify the language of consent forms and other communications with patients and research participants. In the toolkit, called PRISM (Project to Review and Improve Study Materials), investigators and IRBs can find tools to determine reading level, consent and HIPAA related information, alternative wording suggestions and numerous resources. Read the article. Access the toolkit from the Group Health Center for Health Studies.

The National Cancer Institute Bulletin published an article illustrating the increasing complexity of the clinical research process and offering suggestions from NCI’s Clinical Trials Working Group. Improving operational effectiveness by integrating strategies used by companies such as Toyota and Southwest Airlines will streamline operations and speed up decision-making. The Working Group plans to reduce the activation time for clinical trials to less than 90 days. Read the article.

Save the Date – February 4, 2010 for “Protecting Research Participants: Ethical Challenges within a Regulatory Framework” a Research Community Forum presented by the Office for Human Research Protections and the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR). Dr. Jerry Menikoff, Director of OHRP, will be the plenary speaker. The Forum features basic and advanced IRB sessions, biomedical and social/behavioral/educational research topics, and a track for research teams. Agenda development and conference site selection (in Western Washington) are underway. Please forward this announcement to investigators and compliance professionals at your institution, and contact Laurie Hassell at 206-465-4691 or if you have any questions.

Jim Bredfeldt, MD, Receives BRI Recognition

Jerry Nepom, MD, PhD, Director, BRI; and Jack Nagan, Executive Director, BRI and VM Vice President of Research. On June 8, the BRI Scientific Review Committee presented Jim Bredfeldt, MD, with a special recognition award for his Institutional Review Board (IRB) service. Jim has participated as an IRB member for 15 years and acted as IRB Chair for more than 10 years. He is an advocate for human subjects protection, represents BRI at local and national events and works with investigators, staff and leadership to improve and streamline processes. Thanks again to Jim for his years of service and continued commitment to our study participants.