Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Lack of IRB Approval for Felner: Another Brick on UofL's Load?

Page One Kentucky is reporting that former UofL Education Dean Robert Felner "did not request IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval for any research project that would have allowed data collection from anyone in Kentucky." Yet Felner reportedly spoke broadly about his empirical prowess, while belittling others.
Felner only had IRB approval for one project. One. In five years. So were all
of his other research projects involving people breaking the rules at UofL?

Yet Felner was awarded "Distinguished University Scholar" status. That's kinda like John Deasy being named an "Allumni Fellow" for merely enrolling at UofL - only worse. Added to the list of recent Felner-spawned questions about UofL's scholastic integrity this doesn't help.

The IRB process was instituted following World War II to assure better protection of human subjects. It was a direct reaction to the human experimentation conducted by the Nazis, and other research abuses as well. The National REsearch Act was passed in 1974 and revised in 1981. IRB assures basic ethical principles underlie the conduct of biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects.

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