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Aptima’s 10th Year on Review Board

Aptima’s 10th Year on Review Board

Aptima Institutional Review Board Celebrates 10th Year

Woburn, MA, February 21, 2012 – Aptima, Inc., the human-centered R&D company that applies expertise in the disciplines of how humans think, learn, and behave to solve challenges faced by the U.S. Department of Defense, announced today that its Institutional Review Board is celebrating its 10th year in operation.

Aptima established an Institutional Review Board (IRB) in January 2002 to answer the need of customers requiring onsite IRB oversight of Government-funded human subjects research conducted at Aptima. On January 27, 2002, Aptima received its first Federal-wide Assurance. Since the Board’s inception, Dr. Jared Freeman, Aptima’s Chief Research Officer, has served as the Chairman, with Debra McNeely, Aptima’s Director of Corporate Communications acting as the Board’s Human Subjects Administrator and non-scientist member. Current Board members include Aptima employees Dr. Jeffrey Beaubien, Dr. Cullen Jackson, and Dr. Michael Keeney, with Professor Marc Sebrechts of The Catholic University of America serving as the Board’s external voting member. Aptima employee Dr. Eileen Entin serves as the alternate member.

IRBs are established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities. Not every customer engagement at Aptima requires IRB review and oversight. For those that do, Aptima’s internal IRB can respond to requests faster and more economically than could an outside Board. Since its start in 2002, the Aptima IRB has overseen more than 25 cases, in addition to providing ongoing support and advice to staff members conducting human subjects research for the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, National Institutes of Health, and other Government agencies.

The Aptima IRB is charged with upholding the principles of The Belmont Report, which are:

  • The principle of respect for persons underlies the need to obtain informed consent;
  • The principle of beneficence underlies the need to engage in a risk/benefit analysis and to minimize risks; and
  • The principle of justice requires that subjects be fairly selected.

The Board is overseen and periodically recertified by the Federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), which provides leadership in the protection of the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OHRP is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) in the Office of the Secretary (OS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information about Aptima’s Institutional Review Board, please contact aptima_info@aptima.com.