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Protecting Vulnerable Populations Through Research, Not From It

In the AER16 session B20: Research with Children: Regulations and Beyond with presenters Francis J. DiMario, MD, MA, CIP, Jaime O. Hernandez, JD, M.Be., and Robert M. Nelson, MD, PhD, I came to understand—for possibly the first time in my career—the federal regulations as accommodating. Don’t get me wrong, Subpart B, C, and D of 45 CFR 46 scrupulously outline the additional protections IRBs must consider when conducting research with vulnerable populations. However, I now realize that the regulations were written with intentional flexibility.

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