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Jan. 12, 2004

Speaker To Discuss Human Research Protections Jan. 21

Marjorie Speers, executive director of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc., will give two lectures Jan. 21 at the University of Iowa.

Speers' will discuss, "The Status of Human Research Protections: What's Working and What's Not," beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21. At 10 a.m. she will present, "Putting Research Participants in Harms Way: Do IRBs Identify and Minimize Risks?" Both lectures will be in Medical Alumni Auditorium, room 301-GH, at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Incorporated in April 2001, AAHRPP is a nonprofit organization that offers accreditation to institutions engaged in research involving human participants. The AAHRPP program uses a voluntary, peer-driven educational model. Last May, the UI became the first university in the nation to receive full accreditation from AAHRPP.

From 1999 to 2001, Speers was project director at the National Bioethics Advisory Commission for the report on the research oversight system. She served as deputy associate director for science at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 1995 to 2000, and she held a variety of CDC posts from 1988 to 1995. Prior to joining CDC, Speers served on the faculty of the University of Texas Medical Branch and the University of Connecticut. Her research is focused on public health, primarily on prevention and health promotion.

The lectures are free and open to the public. Nursing continuing education credits are available to those to attend both lectures.

Speers' lectures are part of the UI Human Subjects Office 2004 Speaker Series, which will feature national leaders in the field of human research protection. For more information, visit the UI Human Subjects Office Web site at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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