WIRB-Copernicus Group Experts Selected as Advice Columnists for the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics

PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 15, 2015 – The WIRB-Copernicus Group (WCG), the world’s largest provider of regulatory and ethical review services and software to support clinical research, announced today that Jeffrey A. Cooper, MD, MMM, its vice president of global consulting, and Lindsay McNair, MD, MPH, MSB, its chief medical officer and president of consulting services, are serving as advice columnists for the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE) under the banner “The Practical Ethicist.”

Drs. Cooper and McNair address sensitive and important topics in their column, such as whether an institutional review board (IRB) has the authority to ban non-compliant investigators from conducting clinical research, or to order data to be destroyed, and provide well-considered, practical responses.

“Institutions and IRBs encounter situations where investigators legitimately require behavioral changes before conducting future research,” said Drs. Cooper and McNair. “Although institutions can delegate this authority to the IRB, this is a role better assigned to management. Whereas the IRB’s role is to protect subjects and oversee research, management’s role is to oversee people and their behavior.”

To read the full text of the article, please visit: http://jre.sagepub.com/content/9/4/86.

The Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE) publishes research and literature reviews on human research ethics.

JERHRE is the only journal in the field of human research ethics dedicated exclusively to empirical research. Its distinguished editorial and advisory board brings a range of expertise and international perspective to provide high-quality, double-blind peer-reviewed original articles.

About The WIRB-­‐Copernicus Group
The WIRB-Copernicus Group (WCG) is the world’s largest and most trusted provider of regulatory and ethical review services for human research. The pioneer of independent ethical review, WCG continues to drive ingenuity in the clinical research space. Today, WCG’s solutions are built upon the foundation of ethical review, but have grown to include a suite of complementary services and technologies that expand the capabilities of the modern research professional. WCG delivers transformational solutions that stimulate growth, foster compliance, and maximize efficiency for those who perform clinical trials.

WCG is proud to serve the individuals on the frontlines of science and medicine, and the organizations that strive to develop new products and therapies to improve the quality of human health. It is our role to empower them to accelerate advancement, while ensuring that the risks of progress never outweigh the value of human life.

For more information, please visit www.wcgclinical.com.

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