Draft work plan to advance U of M human subjects research to be made available May 18

What: Implementation team’s draft work plan to advance the University’s human subjects research program and media briefing
When: Monday, May 18 (plan online at 9:30 a.m., media briefing at 1 p.m.)
Where: Presidents Room, third floor, Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis
A draft work plan to advance the University of Minnesota’s human subjects research program will be available for public comment on the Advancing Human Subjects Research website beginning Monday, May 18.

The plan is being developed by an implementation team led by William Tremaine, M.D., and consisting mainly of U of M faculty. President Eric Kaler charged the team with developing a work plan that addresses a series of recommendations from an external panel review.

To ensure a quality report for public comment, the implementation team sought time beyond end of business on Friday, May 15 to submit its plan to Kaler. Kaler agreed to the request. The plan will be available on May 18.

The draft will outline the steps, a timeline and necessary resources needed to address the recommendations from the external panel review. The implementation team has been meeting weekly since April 8 to create the draft work plan. Public comments will be accepted through Monday, June 1. A final version reflecting the public comments will be delivered to the Board of Regents for action at its June 11-12 meetings.

Three faculty members who are part of the implementation team will be available for interviews with the news media beginning at 1 p.m., May 18 in the Presidents Room, Coffman Memorial Union. They include William Durfee, Ph.D., Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering (available via phone); Steven Miles, M.D., professor and Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics, Center for Bioethics, and professor, Department of Medicine; and Timothy Schacker, M.D., professor, Department of Medicine. The faculty will be joined by the team’s co-vice chairs: Dr. Brian Herman, vice president, Research; and Dr. Brooks Jackson, M.D., dean of the Medical School and vice president of Health Sciences. This opportunity is for members of the media only.

Please RSVP to advancehsr@umn.edu if you plan to attend the media briefing.

For more information, refer to the Advancing Human Subjects Research website.

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