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A conversation with Lindenwood Library about health and research literacy as an important personal, research participant, and civil rights issue.

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A conversation with the IRB Director about lessons learned in Education research ethics and design. We also talk about thinking of research design as a story.

  • IRB Member Conversation - Dr. Alan Meyers (coming soon...)

A conversation with a longstanding member of the Lindenwood University IRB about the history of the LU IRB, the unexpected benefits of being an IRB member, and the role of the community in research ethics.

 

Participants will listening to calming music every day for 30 minutes prior to completing memory tests.

A researcher is interested in studying how listening to calming music for a short period every day may affect memory retention over one week. Participants 18 years or older will listen to calming music every day for 7 days for 30 minutes. The 30 minute period will begin at 9:30. At 10:00, participants will complete a memory game.

Questions:

1. What are the risks and benefits of the research?

2. How would you address the ethical issues posed by this iteration of the study?

3. How would you minimize the risks in this iteration?

Participants will observe violent images for 30 minutes prior to completing memory tests.

A researcher is interested in studying how being exposed to violent images for a short period every day may affect memory retention over one week. Participants 18 years or older will watch a prerecorded 30 minute set of violent images on YouTube every day for 7 days. The images are taken from current and historical war and crime photojournalism available online. The 30 minute period will begin at 9:30. At 10:00, participants will complete a memory test.

Questions:

1. What has changed about the research population?

2. What are the most significant research design changes?

3. What has changed in regard to the risks and benefits of the research?

4. How would you address the ethical issues posed by this iteration of the study?

5. How would you minimize the risks in this iteration?

Participants will observe violent images for 5 minutes prior to completing memory tests

A researcher is interested in studying how being exposed to violent images for a short period every day may affect memory retention over one week. Participants 18 years or older will watch a prerecorded 5 minute set of violent images on YouTube every day for 7 days. The images are taken from current and historical war and crime photojournalism available online. The 30 minute period will begin at 9:30. At 10:00, participants will complete a memory test.

Questions:

1. What has changed about the research population?

2. What are the most significant research design changes?

3. What has changed in regard to the risks and benefits of the research?

4. How would you address the ethical issues posed by this iteration of the study?

5. How would you minimize the risks in this iteration?

Participants will drink two cups of coffee 5 minutes prior to completing memory tests.

A researcher is interested in studying how drinking two cups of coffee at a specific time every day may affect memory retention over one week. Participants 18 years or older will drink two cups of coffee at 9:55 every day for 7 days. The researcher will make this coffee available to participants. Participants will begin drinking coffee at 9:55. At 10:00, participants will complete a memory game.

Questions:

1. What has changed about the research population?

2. What are the most significant research design changes?

3. What has changed in regard to the risks and benefits of the research?

4. How would you address the ethical issues posed by this iteration of the study?

5. How would you minimize the risks in this iteration?

Participants will drink coffee at regular intervals throughout a day while completing memory tests.

A researcher is interested in studying how drinking cups of coffee at regular times every day may affect memory retention over one week. Participants 18 years or older will drink a cup of coffee at 8 am, 11 am, 8 pm, and 11 pm every day for 7 days. The researcher will make this coffee available to participants. At 10:00 every day, participants will complete a memory game.

Questions:

1. What has changed about the research population?

2. What are the most significant research design changes?

3. What has changed in regard to the risks and benefits of the research?

4. How would you address the ethical issues posed by this iteration of the study?

5. How would you minimize the risks in this iteration?

Participants will drink coffee or placebo at regular intervals throughout the day and complete memory tests.

A researcher is interested in studying how drinking cups of coffee at regular times every day may affect memory retention over one week. Participants 18 years or older will be randomized into two groups. Group A will drink a cup of coffee at 8 am, 11 am, 8 pm, and 11 pm every day for 7 days. Group B will drink a cup of decaffeinated coffee at 8 am, 11 am, 8 pm, and 11 pm every day for 7 days. The researcher will make this coffee available to participants. At 10:00 every day, participants will complete a memory game.

Questions:

1. What has changed about the research population?

2. What are the most significant research design changes?

3. What has changed in regard to the risks and benefits of the research?

4. How would you address the ethical issues posed by this iteration of the study?

5. How would you minimize the risks in this iteration?

Participants will take a nutritional supplement once daily and complete memory tests daily.

A researcher is interested in studying how taking a nutritional supplement once a day may affect memory retention over one week. Participants 18 years or older will be randomized into two groups. Group A will take a nutritional supplement at 8 am every morning. Group B will take a placebo capsule with harmless cellulose which looks exactly like the nutritional supplement at 8 am every morning. The researcher will provide this supplement to participants. At 10:00 every day, participants will complete a memory game.

Questions:

1. What has changed about the research population?

2. What are the most significant research design changes?

3. What has changed in regard to the risks and benefits of the research?

4. How would you address the ethical issues posed by this iteration of the study?

5. How would you minimize the risks in this iteration?

Participants will take a nutritional supplement once daily followed by reflex testing

A researcher is interested in studying how taking a nutritional supplement once a day may affect reflexes over one week. Participants 18 years or older will be randomized into two groups. Group A will take a nutritional supplement at 8 am every morning. Group B will take a placebo capsule with harmless cellulose which looks exactly like the nutritional supplement at 8 am every morning. The researcher will provide this supplement to participants. At 10:00 every day, participants will complete two reflex tests. The first test is a reflex test available online in which participants click on objects with a mouse to gauge speed and accuracy of response. The second test consists of striking the patellar tendon (above the kneecap) of participants with a reflex hammer and recording results.

Questions:

1. What has changed about the research population?

2. What are the most significant research design changes?

3. What has changed in regard to the risks and benefits of the research?

4. How would you address the ethical issues posed by this iteration of the study?

5. How would you minimize the risks in this iteration?

Participants will take a nutritional supplement once daily followed by running on a treadmill to exhaustion.

A researcher is interested in studying how taking a nutritional supplement once a day may affect endurance in a running test. Participants 18 years or older will be randomized into two groups. Group A will take a nutritional supplement at 8 am every morning. Group B will take a placebo capsule with harmless cellulose which looks exactly like the nutritional supplement at 8 am every morning. The researcher will provide this supplement to participants. At 10:00 every day, participants will come to a laboratory and run on a treadmill until exhaustion, meaning that they are no longer able to run. Participants will wear a face mask, to measure the oxygen concentrations of inspired and expired air.

Questions:

1. What has changed about the research population?

2. What are the most significant research design changes?

3. What has changed in regard to the risks and benefits of the research?

4. How would you address the ethical issues posed by this iteration of the study?

5. How would you minimize the risks in this iteration?

Participants will take a nutritional supplement once daily followed by running on a treadmill to exhaustion and a blood draw.

A researcher is interested in studying how taking a nutritional supplement once a day may affect endurance in a running test. Participants 18 years or older will be randomized into two groups. Group A will take a nutritional supplement at 8 am every morning. Group B will take a placebo capsule with harmless cellulose which looks exactly like the nutritional supplement at 8 am every morning. The researcher will provide this supplement to participants. At 10:00 every day, participants will come to a laboratory and run on a treadmill until exhaustion, meaning that they are no longer able to run. Participants will wear a face mask, to measure the oxygen concentrations of inspired and expired air. They will also have blood drawn after the treadmill test.

Questions:

1. What has changed about the research population?

2. What are the most significant research design changes?

3. What has changed in regard to the risks and benefits of the research?

4. How would you address the ethical issues posed by this iteration of the study?

5. How would you minimize the risks in this iteration?

Participants will take a nutritional supplement once daily followed by performing maximum weight lifts.

A researcher is interested in studying how taking a nutritional supplement once a day may affect endurance in a running test. Participants 18 years or older will be randomized into two groups. Group A will take a nutritional supplement at 8 am every morning. Group B will take a placebo capsule with harmless cellulose which looks exactly like the nutritional supplement at 8 am every morning. The researcher will provide this supplement to participants. At 10:00 every day, participants will come to a laboratory and perform a series of maximum weight lifts. They will perform a series of warm-up lifts followed by a maximum weight dead lift and bench press. Participants will have blood drawn before and after the weight lifting.

Questions:

1. What has changed about the research population?

2. What are the most significant research design changes?

3. What has changed in regard to the risks and benefits of the research?

4. How would you address the ethical issues posed by this iteration of the study?

5. How would you minimize the risks in this iteration?

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