More than Meets the IRB: A joint initiative of Washington University in St. Louis and PRIM&R
About This Show
A series of appropriate, relevant, and educational podcasts, designed to illuminate the compelling need for the consideration of research ethics in research protocol writing and review, and across the research enterprise. The podcast will feature a series of interviews, panel discussions, and reviews of issues related to human research ethics by discussing current events in the human research world, talks with investigators and research subjects, and reviews of literature relevant to those interested in research ethics.
Most Recent Episode
Frederic Koning: The IRB and the Community It Serves
In this episode of More than Meets the IRB: A Joint Initiative of Washington University in St. Louis and PRIM&R, we speak with Fred Koning, M.Div, Th.M, M.S., about the role of the non-scientist community member on the IRB.
The non-scientist member (often discussed as the “community member”) role is “notoriously” difficult to define, and in this episode we discuss with Koning—a longtime non-scientist IRB member and former parish minister—how he perceives the role.
After exploring what IRBs owes its community, we discuss how Koning’s own personal background with family members in clinical trials informs his work with the IRB.
The episode closes with an acknowledgment that “scientific or medical naiveté” on the part of the non-scientist IRB member can open up important lines of ethical inquiry that experts wouldn’t necessarily think to examine.