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Webinar: (10-2022) Research Ethics and Oversight in the Digital Age

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Over the last decade, advances in digital technology and the proliferation of mobile devices have afforded researchers unprecedented access to massive amounts of data generated by users of these technologies. It has also provided researchers access to a more diverse group of potential participants than was possible in traditional laboratory or clinic-based research. The digital revolution has also expanded opportunities for researchers to study a wide range of complex human behaviors unobtrusively, as they occur in real time.

However, use of these digital technologies, in a rapidly changing landscape in which personal information is routinely collected, analyzed, managed, and shared, combined with people’s changing perceptions about privacy of personal information, raises questions about the suitability of the prevailing ethical framework for research with human participants – the Belmont Principles. Thus, researchers and institutional review boards (IRBs) could benefit from guidance on the oversight and conduct of research using digital technologies. In this webinar, we will discuss several ongoing projects to address this need, including a research collaboration between PRIM&R and Drexel University.

An overview of the issues and challenges for the research enterprise, and PRIM&R's project, will be accompanied by presentation of some current resources and tools available for IRBs and others who are reviewing studies that incorporate these digital-age approaches.

After participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss issues and challenges for the research enterprise related to the expansion of digital technologies
  • List current resources and tools available for reviewing studies that incorporate digital-age approaches

Continuing Education
Webinar participants holding the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential may apply 1.25 continuing education credits towards CIP recertification. Learn More »


  • Sangeeta Panicker, PhD

    Sangy Panicker is the Director of Public Policy and Education Programs at Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R). Prior to joining PRIM&R she was the Director of Research Ethics at the American Psychological Association (APA).

  • Jina Huh-Yoo, PhD

    I am an Assistant Professor at Drexel University in the College of Computing and Informatics. My research areas include health informatics, human-centered design, and social computing. I am interested in using emerging everyday technologies to help groups of individuals better manage health together, and how we ensure the technologies we develop with an intention of helping people are risk-sensitive.

    I have been PI of NSF and NIH funded projects in improving information quality of online health communities and designing and evaluating acoustic-sensor based awareness system for family health. I serve as Steering Committee for ACM CSCW (2019-), Committee on Human Research at American Psychological Association (2020-2022), Best Paper Nomination Committee for CHI, and program committee for ACM CHI, AMIA, IEEE/ACM CHASE, and EAI Pervasive Health conferences.

October 18, 2022
Tue 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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