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Transparent Reporting of Demographic Characteristics of Study Participants – JAMA Network (June K. Robinson, et al | March 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on April 2, 2017

By 2060, the US Census Bureau projections indicate that the United States will no longer have a single majority population; rather, the nation will be composed of a “plurality” of races and ethnic groups.1 In the early 1990s, congressional legislation set forth guidelines to include women and encourage the inclusion of members of racial and ethnic minority groups in federally sponsored human participant research.2,3 While substantial gains have been made regarding the participation of women in clinical research, the number of minorities appears to be lagging. Compliance with congressional mandates as well as valid analysis of differences between sexes or races/ethnicities requires an accurate system of inclusion data tracking.

Investigators trying to comply with these requirements have found that collecting data on racial/ethnic characteristics was confounded by variations in language, definitions of race/ethnicity, and ever-changing reporting requirements. The result has been multiple variations in acceptable standards for collection of race/ethnicity data since implementation of the requirements, which initially divided the population into only 4 categories: American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, black, and white.4 The current revision by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality is based on a 2-question survey that begins by asking about Hispanic/Latino ethnicity and then about race, which is now divided into 6 categories (Table).5 Clearly, race/ethnicity standards are continuously evolving as deficiencies in our data collection methods are documented and new groups are recognized, for example those who identify as multiracial

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Commission welcomes new European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity – News alert from EU Commission (March 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on April 2, 2017

The European Commission has received today the new European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity aimed at promoting the responsible conduct of research to help improve its quality and reliability.

This new Code was developed by national academies of sciences and humanities through their umbrella organisation, the All European Academies (ALLEA) federation, in close cooperation with the European Commission. Professor Günter Stock, the President of ALLEA, presented the Code to Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

Commissioner Moedas said: “The Commission’s recent White Paper on the Future of Europe shows that we need knowledge and innovation to respond to global challenges and to address the needs of people in the European Union. The public needs full trust in science, and this can only be achieved if the highest level of research ethics and integrity are guaranteed. This goes hand in hand with our Open Science agenda to ensure open access to scientific publications and data. I warmly thank ALLEA and its member academies for producing this new Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. I am sure it will serve as a model for organisations and researchers across Europe.”

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Factsheet about the Code
PDF copy of the Code

Japan, Taiwan taking closer look at fraud — and how to stop it – Retraction Watch (Alison McCook | March 20170

Posted by Admin in on April 1, 2017

Two countries have recently announced plans to learn more about research misconduct, with the goal of preventing it from happening in the first place.

In Japan, the effort takes the form of a joint study group among six universities, which will interview researchers who have engaged in misconduct to discover patterns and common factors for their wrongdoing. In Taiwan, the government recently announced plans to establish an Office of Research Integrity, based on the version in the U.S., to investigate alleged cases of misconduct.

Here’s more about the new Taiwan office, from the Taipei Times:

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Human Research Ethics Co-ordinator (Social and Interdisciplinary Science) – Job vacancy CSIRO0

Posted by Admin in on March 20, 2017

  • Do you have a sound understanding and interest in human ethics research principles?
  • Are you able to provide high-level support and advice to a diverse range of research projects?
  • A rare part-time opportunity to job share in this strategic role!

The Position:
The Human Research Ethics Coordinator (SIS) provides leadership and support to CSIRO staff in their attendance to ethical research activity and assists with the ethical review and approval processes for social and interdisciplinary research within CSIRO. The HREC Co-ordinator (SIS) works closely with the Executive Manager Social Responsibility and Ethics and receives administrative support from the Ethics Administration Officer.

This part-time position (30 hours per fortnight), would ideally suit an experienced research ethics administrator or mid-career research scientist with an interest in human research ethics. The role provides an opportunity to broaden your experience, gain exposure to, and provide design input, support and advice to a diverse range of research projects in relation to human ethics.

View the position description and application process on the CSIRO web site
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