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Immediate Summer Legal Research Position Available

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Immediate Summer Legal Research Position Available
« on: May 22, 2005, 05:20:24 AM »
Immediate Summer Legal Research position available:

Committee on Ethical Considerations for Revisions to DHHS Regulations
for Protection of Prisoners Involved in Research

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies has been
asked by the Office for Human Research Protections to provide advice on
ethical considerations for protecting prisoners involved in research.
The Committee on Ethical Considerations for Revisions to DHHS
Regulations for Protection of Prisoners Involved in Research was formed
to examine whether the conclusions reached by the National Commission in
1976 for protecting prisoners remain appropriate. As part of its work,
the committee will consider changes in the correctional system and
societal perceptions about the potential benefits and burdens of
research.

The committee is interested in hiring a law student to work under the
supervision of Professor Lawrence O. Gostin, John Carroll Research
Professor of Law at Georgetown University.  The work would involve
examining the legal and regulatory underpinnings of current research
with prisoners.  The specific issues to be reviewed are detailed in the
attached statement of work.

Interested students are urged to submit a current resume and cover
letter to Dr. Tracy G. Myers, the IOM Senior Program Officer who is
directing this study.  The information should be sent electronically to:
 tgmyers@nas.edu.

(This was the attached statement of work)

Committee on Ethical Considerations for Revisions to DHHS Regulations
on Protection of Prisoners Involved in Research

Commissioned Paper Statement of Work


   The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies has
formed the Committee on Ethical Considerations for Revisions to
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Regulations on Protection
of Prisoners Involved in Research.  This committee was established at
the request of the Office for Human Research Protections within DHHS to
address ethical considerations for protecting prisoners involved in
research. The committee is examining whether the conclusions reached by
the National Commission in 1976 remain appropriate today. This
examination will consider the impact of developments since that time in
correctional systems and societal perceptions of the balance between
research burdens and potential benefits of research.

   As part of its data-gathering activities, the committee is
interested in commissioning a paper that reviews the current legal and
regulatory frameworks that guide prison research in the United States.
This would review would consider a number of issues, including:

Current federal laws and the extent to which they do or do not preempt
other laws;

Various state laws, regulations, and policies and practices that cover
research activites outside of current federal review;

Variations in practices of prisons and their differing policies for
conducting research with prisoners;

Standards by national accreditation bodies like the National Commission
for Correctional Health Care and the American Correctional Association
that provide guidelines for conducting research with prisoners;

And international standards that protect prisoners outside of the
United States.

   The committee would also be interested in the inclusion of any
information related to the conduct of research with prison populations
adopted by privately run prisons.