WIRB-­Copernicus Group to Participate In PRIM&R Advancing Ethical Research Conference

Dr. Lindsay McNair to give presentation Dr. David Forster, Dr. Jeffrey Cooper and Yvonne Higgins to be panelists WCG Academy™ to launch at conference

Princeton, NJ (November [5], 2013): The WIRB-­‐Copernicus Group (“WCG”), the world’s largest provider of regulatory and ethical review services for clinical research, announced its participation at the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) “Advancing Ethical Research” (AER) Conference, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts from November 7-­‐9, 2013. WCG will also launch WCG Academy, its sophisticated on-­‐line learning solution, at the conference.

WCG is a Platinum sponsor of the AER conference and a supporter of this year’s International Scholarship Program, which offers full and partial conference tuition waivers, as well as airfare and meal stipends for Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Research Ethics Committee (REC) staff members and researchers who are based in low-­‐ and middle-­‐income countries across Africa, Asia, South America and Europe.

“We are delighted to sponsor PRIM&R’s ‘Advancing Ethical Research’ conference, and to offer its membership the first view of our revolutionary learning solution, WCG Academy,” said Donald A. Deieso, Ph.D., Executive Chairman of the WIRB-­‐Copernicus Group. “We are also very proud to continue our strong presence in global research by supporting the International Scholarship Program, as we are firmly committed to improving human subject protection globally by sharing education and best-­‐practices with researchers around the world.”

WCG speakers at the conference will include Lindsay McNair, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.B., Chief Clinical Research Officer; David Forster, J.D., M.A., Chief Compliance Officer; Yvonne Higgins, CIP, Vice-­‐President of Quality Management; and Jeffrey A. Cooper, M.D., M.M.M., Vice-­‐President of Global Consulting.

Dr. McNair will give a presentation entitled, “Cutting Edge Science in the Operating Room: Ethical Issues in Surgical Innovation and Research,” and participate in a panel discussing “Innovations in Research on Controversial Topics.” Dr. Forster will appear on several panels, including “Essential Elements of Ethics: A Rigorous Method for Ensuring Key Ethical Issues Have Been Incorporated Into Your Protocol.”

WCG will have a booth at the conference, at which the nationally recognized members of its consulting arm will be available for on-­‐site consultation. WCG will also be offering demonstrations of its new WCG Academy, which is being offered in partnership with UL, and powered by UL’s FDA-­‐cleared ComplianceWire technology.

Additionally, WCG is sponsoring an event on Thursday, November 7 at 7pm, to celebrate scientific breakthroughs in the industry and recognize excellence in clinical research. All conference attendees are welcome. Cocktails and a light supper will be provided.

About The WIRB-­‐Copernicus Group
Transforming Ethical Review

The WIRB-­‐Copernicus Group (WCG) is the world’s largest provider of regulatory and ethical review services for human research. With eight individual AAHRPP accredited panels, over 100 experienced board members, and over 60 years of combined experience in protocol and study-­‐related review, The WIRB-­‐Copernicus Group brings more expertise to the industry than any other ethical solutions provider. Members of The WIRB-­‐Copernicus Group family of companies include Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB) and Copernicus Group IRB (CGIRB), the nation’s leading independent institutional review boards, and IRBNet, the top research compliance software supporting institutions. It is the mission of The WIRB-­‐ Copernicus Group to meet the highest standards of ethics and science, and to ensure the safety and welfare of research subjects worldwide.

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