Policies regarding IRB members’ industry contacts often lacking

first_imgAt a time of heightened concern about conflicts of interest posed by relationships between academic medical researchers and commercial firms, a new study finds that a significant number of academic institutions do not have clear policies covering the industrial relationships of members of institutional review boards (IRBs), committees charged with ensuring that clinical studies uphold patient rights and follow ethical guidelines.  In the April issue of Academic Medicine, researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute for Health Policy report that many IRBs do not require members to disclose industrial relationships and that procedures for defining, reporting, and handling conflicts vary widely among institutions. “This study points to an obvious need for more consistent policies and accountability in regards to industry relationships within IRBs,” says lead author Christine Vogeli. “IRBs and medical schools can’t manage what they don’t know, so consistent reporting among IRB members is vital to ensuring the integrity and safety of medical research.” Every institution in the United States that conducts research involving human participants must have an IRB, which is responsible for reviewing proposed studies to make sure the rights and safety of participants are protected and that study protocols are scientifically valid and follow ethical and regulatory guidelines. IRBs also monitor the conduct of studies to make sure that appropriate practices are maintained.In 2006, MGH Institute of Health Policy researchers, including the authors of the current study, published a survey of IRB members regarding their personal industrial relationships, whether their IRBs had policies or processes regarding such relationships, and their own actions regarding protocols related to companies with which they had relationships. The current study surveyed the chairs of IRBs at 107 U.S. medical schools and research hospitals about how their committees managed members’ industrial relationships, whether members were required to disclose such relationships, how and to whom conflicts were disclosed, and where responsibility for overseeing such conflicts should reside. While nearly 75 percent of chairs reported their IRBs had a defined process for disclosure of industry relationships, of the 25 percent without such processes, only one had any requirement that voting members disclose relationships.Written policies defining conflicts of interest were reported by 68 percent of chairs, the others indicating they did not have or were not aware of such policies. Chairs of IRBs without written conflict definitions indicated that responsibility for determining whether a conflict existed was left to the chair, the whole IRB, another group or individual, or that members would assess their own relationships. Policies describing how conflicts should be handled were reported by 74 percent of chairs. Among chairs who reported dealing with a member conflict of interest in the past year, 68 percent indicated that conflicted members had never participated in discussions about the protocols in question or left the room when votes were taken. Although all of the chairs that had dealt with a recent conflict reported no conflicted members ever voted on protocols in which they had an interest, in the 2006 survey of IRB members, one third of respondents reported that they had voted on such a protocol at least once. “It is shocking that, after more than 20 years of talking about industry relationships and conflicts of interest, there are still IRBs out there that haven’t dealt with this issue,” says Eric G. Campbell of the MGH Institute for Health Policy, the study’s senior author.“It also is clear that many IRB chairs have no clue about the behavior of their members who have industry relationships. The IRB is the primary mechanism medical schools and hospitals have to ensure the appropriate conduct of clinical research, and IRBs without clear, well-defined and enforced policies about conflicts of interest cannot accomplish their fundamental mission.” Campbell is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), where Vogeli is an instructor of medicine. Greg Koski, an associate professor of anesthesia at HMS, member of the MGH Institute for Health Policy, and former director of the Office for Human Research Protections at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is also a co-author of the Academic Medicine report. The study was supported by the Research on Ethical Issues in Human Subjects Research program of the National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

Triathlon media ownership consolidates in the US

Inside Triathlon and Velo News publisher Inside Communications Inc has been acquired by Falconhead Capital, a private equity firm specialising in the sport, leisure, lifestyle, and media categories. Under the deal, Inside Triathlon and the rest of the Inside Communications portfolio will become part of Competitor Group Inc, a new endurance sport media and events platform created by Falconhead. Terms of the Inside Communications deal were not disclosed.Falconhead formed Competitor Group Inc on 7 January 2008, through three separate endurance-sport acquisitions. Following completion of the Inside Communications deal, Competitor Group’s publications will have a total monthly circulation of more than 500,000 and website traffic of more than 1.1 million unique visitors per month.Competitor Group’s endurance sport assets currently include: Triathlete Magazine, billed as the largest triathlete consumer magazine and online content provider, event organiser Elite Racing, and Competitor Publishing, which publishes regional endurance sport related magazines with controlled monthly circulation totalling around 450,000, and which also owns the Muddy Buddy bike/run relay events held each year at multiple locations around the US.The bringing together of Inside Triathlon and Triathlete Magazine clearly places Competitor Group and Falconhead at the helm of triathlon specific publishing.David Moross, Chairman and CEO of Falconhead, said that “the addition of Inside Communications will give Competitor Group (CGI) a major presence in the competitive cycling space. It will establish CGI as the unquestioned leader and go-to company spanning every sector of the endurance sport event and publishing industry for participants (both professional and amateur), fans and advertisers alike, with a unique and growing combination of endurance sport publishing, new-media and event properties.” In addition to Competitor Group, Falconhead’s investments include Extreme Fitness Inc, Our365 (formerly Growing Family), Escort Inc, and Premier Inc.Felix Magowan, who co-founded Inside Communications with John Wilcockson in 1987, said he was “delighted to partner with David Moross and his colleagues at Falconhead Capital, as well as with CGI Chief Executive Officer Peter Englehart” whom he has known since 1995.www.insideinc.com www.insidetriathlon.com www.triathletemag.com www.falconheadcapital.com   Related read more

Kawasaki Road Safety Campaign 2020 – free bike check & helmet!

first_imgKMSB organises Kawasaki Road Safety Campaign 2019–Ads– Kawasaki Motors Malaysia (KMSB) organised their annual Kawasaki Road Safety Campaign located at the Sungai Besi Toll Plaza (Southbound) the whole of today from 9am to 6pm. It’s their fourth year in organizing this safety campaign at the location where their message is always to promote safety on the roads through proper riding gears as well as bike maintenance.The event was officiated by YB Kamarudin bin Jaffar, Deputy Minister of Transport together with Mr Wee Hong, Chairman of the Malaysia Motorcycle and Scooter Dealers Association (MMSDA), Mr Ahmad Faez Tan Sri Yahaya, Executive Chairman of KMSB, and Dato’ Jeffrey Lim, Managing Director of KMSB.If you happen to pass by the area, Kawasaki is giving complimentary 16-point bike checks for all brands and models conducted by trained technicians from the Kawasaki Exclusive Service Centre (KESC). Kawasaki owners can also take the opportunity to grab their latest Kawasaki Genuine Oil (KGO) engine lubricants at a discounted price.Like previous years, the Kawasaki Road Safety Campaign 2020 saw the support from several organisations like JPJ, KKR, PLUS, PDRM, JKJR, Tokio Marine Insurans (Malaysia) Berhad, AEON Credit Service, KHI Helmet, Bridgestone and many more. Got a worn-out helmet? KHI will happily trade yours in and offer a brand-new helmet in return (terms & conditions apply while stocks last).last_img read more

A Six Pack Of Questions With Lorain County Nightmares Head Coach Jamie Ray Adams

first_img Vince McKee The Lorain County Nightmares return to action this weekend at Oberlin College as they host the visiting NEO Predators. This is a battle for first place and also playoff positioning down the stretch.The Nightmares are in prime striking position as they currently sit at 4-3 but have won 2 straight and have 3 of their final 4 games at home. They are coming off of a 20-6 road win over the Patriots, and a 33-6 win at home over the Pittsburgh Rangers.  They also have the league leader in touchdowns (Brandon DiMarco 15 passing, 1 rushing) lining up behind center.  Anytime you have a specimen like DiMarco lining up behind center, and also Vaughn Sprinkle and Sonny Hazelwood on defense, you have a chance to beat anyone.I had the chance to sit down with head coach Jamie Ray Adams for our weekly coach’s chat, and we touched on a number of subjects.You have a big game coming up this weekend, how much of a motivator is it that these guys beat you once this season? How much have you improved since that game?Definitely a motivator, especially knowing how talented that our team is and what we’re capable of. We have definitely made some improvements since the last game primarily playing together as a team. Having back-to-back wins has been a definite confidence boost and given us ample time to prepare as we swing into the second half of the season hoping to go undefeated.What is our weekly walking wounded look like this week? Who is banged up and won’t be playing?Chase laudato is out until further notice with his knee. CJ Powell is still nursing an ankle and he’ll see limited repetitions on Saturday. Dontez Smith is coming along just fine but will sit out this game as a precaution. Shawn Masterson will return to his safety position on defense this week and Vaughn Sprinkle will not play with a hamstring injury.How important is diet, exercise and routine in getting ready for a game? Not only for the players, but the coaches?Diet and exercise are obviously important for the players. That’s a big part of recruiting college players, because they know the proper preparation that they need to do for a season, mentally and physically. Routine is definitely something that I am a proponent of, especially in pregame.Due to some schedule conflicts on the Patriot side, our pregame ritual was cut short and it definitely showed the first quarter of the game so it is a blessing to be back home where we can get back into our routine and play the game at our pace.You’re down by 7 points with 30 seconds remaining in a game. You score a touchdown on the final play. Do you go for the tie or the win on the extra point?Tie. Overtime. EverytimeHow much will emotion and intensity factor into this weekends game?We had an amazing week of practice in preparation for this game. I will tell you that this game will be filled with emotional and physical intensity from start to finish. The players know what they’re capable of and plan to show The PAFL who LCN is.You recently had a youth camp, your second of the season. How important is it to you to teach young children the game properly and encourage them while doing it?It’s the most important part of what I do, as a part of this organization. I love football with everything I have, it means the world to me and to be able to project that kind of passion, commitment and love of the Game on to today’s youth is everything. It is a unique platform that we are given and needs to be taken advantage of as much as possible. One day these kids will be tomorrow’s leaders and will be telling me what to do when I’m a crippled old man haha Related TopicsfootballJamie Ray AdamsLCNPAFLYouth Camplast_img read more

`If you stay ready, you won’t have to get ready’

first_imgWhat do you do if you are a professional boxer and the gyms in your city/state are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic? If you are Elton Dharry, you travel out of state to New Jersey and Pennsylvania a few times a week to put in work at the open gyms.Despite the COVID-19 restrictions on the hard hit state of New York, the Brooklyn based boxer is doing everything possible to stay in fight shape.“If you stay ready, you won’t have to get ready,” Dharry told Stabroek Sport yesterday. According to the 34 year-old, he is staying prepared for whenever an opportunity presents itself. He is willing to face any world champion that has a super flyweight belt. “I’m willing to take on any of the champions in my division from any organization WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF” Dharry stated.He was advised by his management team that there is a huge possibility that he will get a crack at a world title soon owing to the pandemic. Said Dharry, “The champions are not fighting each other and it’s hard to unify titles right now. Because of the virus, there are no ticket sales so promoters will be trying to get fighters in the top 15 to face their champions.”Dharry boasted that he is willing to step up to any challenge.Guyana’s most exciting super flyweight pugilist concluded that he could be in the ring as early as September perhaps in Panama once international travel to that territory resumes. Note: Dharry has a record of 24 wins (14 KOs), six losses and one draw. It is noteworthy that Dharry’s five losses occurred in the very early part of his career and he had not lost a fight since 2010; he had won his last 21 consecutive fights before suffering a controversial stoppage versus former World Boxing Association (WBA) champion, Andrew Moloney in the latter’s hometown of Melbourne, Australia last November.last_img read more

LIFESTYLE: BENEFIT BEAUTY DAY – AND BOOK WINNER ANNOUNCED

first_imgBENEFIT BEAUTY PROMOTION – ONE DAY ONLY ON SATURDAYIf you’re a fan of Benefit products, then go along to the Benefit Beauty Bar this Saturday.Based in Menary’s at the Letterkenny Retail Park, there will be 10% off across this beauty range which includes their wonder product POREfessional (€34.00). This is a balm that minimises the appearance of pores and fine lines and helps makeup stay put.It can be worn under makeup to create a smoother-than-smooth canvas or used throughout the day.It is oil-free and contains vitamin E.You can mix it with your moisturiser or dab it along your t-zone to prevent shine and it complements all skin tones. And the winner of our book competition is Majella Mc Laughlin, Luddan, Buncrana.Majella wins a copy of ‘Gone Girl’. LIFESTYLE: BENEFIT BEAUTY DAY – AND BOOK WINNER ANNOUNCED was last modified: May 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LIFESTYLE: BENEFIT BEAUTY DAY – AND BOOK WINNER ANNOUNCEDlast_img read more