U.S. Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research

BER Research Highlights


The Central Beryllium Institutional Review Board to Hold First Meeting
Published: December 05, 2001
Posted: December 13, 2001

The Central Beryllium Institutional Review Board (CbeIRB) recently established by the Office of Science with support from the Office of Environment, Safety, and Health will hold its first meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee, on December 17 & 18, 2001. The Board is the first such body to be convened to assist DOE in ensuring effective, consistent, and continuing protection of human participants in Beryllium research across the Department. The concept of a central IRB is unique in the interagency human subjects community following a model that is used by the National Cancer Institute to review trials that are conducted at many sites across the country. The Board, administered under a Health and Human Services approval at Oak Ridge Associated Universities, will review projects for all DOE sites where such research is carried out. The IRB membership is a stellar roster of experts representing occupational medicine, industry, workers, unions, ethicists, the law, science, industrial hygiene, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and DOE operations offices and national laboratories. The Board expects to meet 3 or 4 times a year. The initial meeting will focus on human subjects bioethics and regulatory education and implementation, beryllium disease and science updates, and the concept of consent before beginning the review of the projects needing approval. Current human subjects regulations were drafted early in the 1980s but not formally codified by 17 agencies and departments until 1991. The Office of Science Biological and Environmental Research program has responsibility for human subjects research on behalf of all DOE.

Contact: Susan L. Rose, SC-72, 3-4731
Topic Areas:

  • Research Area: Human Subjects Research

Division: SC-23.2 Biological Systems Science Division, BER
      (formerly SC-72 Life Sciences Division, OBER)

 

BER supports basic research and scientific user facilities to advance DOE missions in energy and environment. More about BER

Recent Highlights

May 10, 2019
Quantifying Decision Uncertainty in Water Management via a Coupled Agent-Based Model
Considering risk perception can improve the representation of human decision-making processes in age [more...]

May 09, 2019
Projecting Global Urban Area Growth Through 2100 Based on Historical Time Series Data and Future Scenarios
Study provides country-specific urban area growth models and the first dataset on country-level urba [more...]

May 05, 2019
Calibrating Building Energy Demand Models to Refine Long-Term Energy Planning
A new, flexible calibration approach improved model accuracy in capturing year-to-year changes in bu [more...]

May 03, 2019
Calibration and Uncertainty Analysis of Demeter for Better Downscaling of Global Land Use and Land Cover Projections
Researchers improved the Demeter model’s performance by calibrating key parameters and establi [more...]

Apr 22, 2019
Representation of U.S. Warm Temperature Extremes in Global Climate Model Ensembles
Representation of warm temperature events varies considerably among global climate models, which has [more...]

List all highlights (possible long download time)