The Office for Human Research Protection announces a new OHRP Exploratory Workshop Initiative. The rapidly changing landscape of biomedical and health-related behavioral research continues to present diverse challenges for adequately reviewing and appropriately regulating research to best protect human research subjects. Charged with the mission of providing leadership in the protection of the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of human subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) endeavors to keep abreast of these challenges with the long-term goal of analyzing emerging ethical and regulatory issues and developing meaningful policy guidance.
OHRP’s Division of Education and Development (DED) promotes education and outreach on the protection of human subjects in research. DED created the OHRP Exploratory Workshop to provide a platform for collegial intellectual exchanges within the research community to promote exploration of a topic of interest that hinges on the Federal regulations on human subjects protection. Speakers are asked to present their perspectives and discuss concerns, controversies, and potential solutions. OHRP considers constructive communication a vital first step towards finding common ground and creating pragmatic workable solutions.