June 1, 2012
ATLANTA – Georgia State University College of Law Professor Leslie Wolf recently traveled to Baltimore to participate in a roundtable on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM), proposing changes to the federal regulations governing human subjects research. The roundtable, which was sponsored by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute for Bioethics, brought together a small number of scholars from a variety of disciplines to discuss the implications of the ANPRM.
The regulations governing human subjects research, which apply to research conducted or funded by the federal government, were originally adopted in 1981 and have undergone few changes since. Accordingly, the ANPRM is considered a unique opportunity to affect how research with human subjects is conducted.
A range of issues was discussed throughout the day-long roundtable, triggered by the short papers presented by some of the participants. "This is my primary area of research and a topic I teach," Wolf said. "It was a wonderful opportunity to really reflect on the implications of the ANPRM for the future of human subjects research and to hear what other scholars in the field are thinking."
Stacie P. Kershner, JD
Associate Director, Center for Law, Health & Society