Monday, February 14, 2011

Advance Newsletter Transitions Online

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) newsletter, Advance, is now available in electronic form at the AAHRPP site ( Marking the transition, this winter edition will be Advance’s final print issue.

When AAHRPP published the first Advance newsletter, in the fall of 2004, the goal was to bring awareness to the research community about human research protection programs (HRPPs) and the need for and benefits of accreditation of those programs. Over the past 26 issues in print, Advance has highlighted innovative practices to protect research participants, described trends in human research protection, and provided clarity on challenging issues such as financial conflict’s of interest. In a large and diverse research enterprise, Advance has brought together the different components, revealing their commonalities and facilitating collaborative relationships.

In recent years, more and more organizations located outside the United States have sought accreditation. AAHRPP is pleased to make Advance available to all clients and to invite everyone to join the active and lively dialogue about human research protection programs.

By simply transitioning to an online platform Advance will become a tool for readers to use to share their knowledge and expertise. Without the limitations of print media, Advance will reach a broader and more diverse international readership in real time. AAHRPP will be able to release articles as information becomes available, when readers want it most. Moreover, everyone will be able to comment directly on articles encouraging readers to inform AAHRPP of their ideas, opinions, suggestions, and in-the-field experiences. This feedback is central to supporting AAHRPP’s goal of improving the systems that protect the rights and welfare of individuals who participate in research.

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