Essentials for Regulatory Compliance Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines provide an ethical and scientific quality standard for investigators, sponsors, monitors, and institutional review boards (IRBs) throughout each stage of clinical trials. Their goal is to protect human subjects and to support the well-being of study participants. GCP provides an outline of responsibilities for each party […]

This article reviews the FDA’s recent guidance for informed consent, and what should be included. In August 2023, the FDA released guidance intended to assist institutional review boards (IRBs), clinical investigators, and sponsors in complying with FDA’s informed consent regulations for clinical investigations. The FDA also states that future changes to the guidance on informed […]

On September 1, 1998, BRANY’s forward-thinking owners, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Montefiore Medical Center, New York University Grossman School of Medicine, and Northwell Health, all competitors in many ways, came together to found a company that represented a new clinical trial service model and with 12 employees, many who are still with […]

Ever since the FDA issued draft guidance in May regarding decentralized clinical trials (DCT), the public has been submitting their comments and feedback, as well as requesting clarity on certain points. Commenters range from individuals to sponsors, research institutions, and professional organizations, to patient advocacy groups. Commenters include Mayo Clinic, Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of […]

In clinical research, maintaining accurate and organized documentation is essential to ensure the safety of participants and the integrity of the trial. Regulatory binders play a pivotal role in this process by serving as a central repository for all essential documents related to the clinical trial. The FDA requires that all investigational sites keep a […]

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published new draft guidance for researchers investigating the use of psychedelic drugs for potential treatment of medical conditions, including psychiatric or substance use disorders. The guidance outlines best practices in clinical trial design for psychedelic drugs — including psilocybin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). The […]

This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a new draft guidance that provides recommendations for sponsors, investigators and other stakeholders regarding decentralized clinical trials (DCTs) to advance medical research. FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D., acknowledged that the benefits of decentralized clinical trials, which were accelerated with advancements in digital health technologies and the COVID-19 […]

Despite the ongoing effort of the FDA and other regulatory agencies, as well as industry associations, sponsors, and research institutions, the U.S. continues to fall short in meeting diversity and inclusion goals for participation in clinical trials. According to a study by IQVIA, released Friday, clinical trial diversity dropped to its lowest level in a […]

Along with writing a clinical research protocol, an investigator is also responsible for writing the informed consent form. These are subject to IRB approval. Informed consent is a process, not a document. It includes a conversation between the researcher or members of the research team and the potential participant. The goal is to ensure that […]

For Immediate Release January 27, 2023 BRANY Announces Launch of Informed Consent Builder Tool New cloud-based application improves collaboration in developing compliant informed consent forms for research A new addition to the Protocol Builder® line of products, Informed Consent Builder™, was announced today. The cloud-based application is available as a fully integrated add-on to the […]

A clinical trial agreement (CTA) between an industry sponsor or CRO and a research site is a legal document that outlines the rights, responsibilities, and obligations of the various parties involved in a clinical trial. It typically includes the following elements: The title of the clinical trial. The roles and responsibilities of each party, including […]

A key topic at many clinical research and scientific conferences is the need to increase diversity and inclusion among clinical trial participants. Indeed, the FDA issued draft guidance earlier this year to help increase enrollment of patients from underrepresented racial and ethnic communities. Increasingly, there is a recognition that diversity and inclusion efforts must also […]

Recently, the FDA placed a “clinical hold” on two clinical trials. One was a Phase I/II trial of a gene therapy for a rare metabolic disorder. The second was on a Phase I dosing trial for an oncology drug. A clinical hold is an order issued by FDA to the sponsor of an IND application […]

In September 2022, the FDA issued draft guidance intended to provide additional protections of children in clinical trials. The draft guidance is intended to assist industry, sponsors and institutional review boards (IRBs) when considering the enrollment of children in clinical investigations of drugs, biological products and medical devices. “Children need access to safe and effective medical products […]

The ClinicalTrials.gov website lists over 3,000 active and recruiting clinical research studies involving COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have updated their guidelines for handling and processing specimens associated with coronavirus disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also updated their guidance. Likewise, research sites and laboratories have updated their policies […]

Busy clinical investigators who have additional patient care duties can find themselves in a perpetual state of multitasking. It is common for investigators to delegate certain study-related tasks to their study staff, or to colleagues. This can include study coordinators, study nurses, pharmacists, among others. Sometimes investigators run into problems when the people to whom […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 2, 2022 BRANY ACQUIRES COMPLIANCE SOFTWARE PROVIDER TECH SOFTWARE Tech Software’s offerings will round out a growing portfolio of compliance and research solutions (Lake Success, NY) — BRANY announced today its acquisition of Tech Software, a leading provider of SaaS compliance solutions in the higher education, academic medical center (AMC), hospital, […]

Initiatives by the FDA, NIH and other regulatory agencies that have urged investigators and sponsors to diversify study populations have been just that: suggestions and recommendations. But a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is suggesting that regulatory agencies add some bite to their guidance. The organization is recommending enforcement […]

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released two resources to the research community that aim to prepare institutions for the implementation of the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy, which goes into effect in January 2023. The first resource, “Informed Consent for Secondary Research with Data and Biospecimens: Points to Consider and Sample Language […]

The FDA recently issued a warning letter to a Florida university’s principal investigator regarding a contract testing lab’s improper handling of data. The letter outlines significant deviations from current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) for active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), including claims that a student analyst falsified data. Section 501(a)(2)(B) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic […]

While much of the national dialogue about diversity in clinical trials has focused on the inclusion of underserved populations, communities of color, and women, recent FDA guidance turned its attention to the inclusion of older adults — those over 65 years of age — in clinical research. While most cancer trials do not have an […]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued three final guidance documents regarding cancer clinical trials. The announcement supports the goals of the so-called “Cancer Moonshot” initiative to facilitate research and advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Although the guidance is directed primarily at industry sponsors, research sites should be aware of them […]

Over the last two years, particularly with the disruption caused by the pandemic, the use of digital technologies in health care has increased exponentially. COVID-19 has had a huge global impact on clinical trials from outright trial cancelations to challenges in recruiting participants. Necessary restrictions on travel and physical contact limited research sites’ abilities to […]

As we approach our third year of the global COVID pandemic, we take a moment to reflect on the impact it’s had on health care in general and clinical research in particular. The last two years have laid bare the challenges of equity and access, as well as the importance of leveraging technologies to improve […]

The public conversation regarding equity, access, inclusion, and diversity in clinical trials covers a wide spectrum of underrepresented communities, including race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. One population that receives less attention are patients with physical or cognitive disabilities. Including patients with cognitive disabilities in clinical trials poses special challenges. Among the […]

Among other things, 2021 will be known as the year of The Great Resignation, or in many sectors, the great retirement. Record numbers of employees left their jobs. Nearly four and a half million Americans left their jobs in September 2021, the highest number on record since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began collecting data 20 years […]

Pediatric clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccine have started in the United States for children as young as six months. The COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech is already authorized for emergency use in anyone 12 and older in the U.S., Canada, and the European Union. The company is seeking FDA approval for use of the vaccine […]

International organizations such as the World Economic Forum have been researching and analyzing the “future of work” and its implications for economies. Likewise, consulting firms have been predicting the important training needed to prepare workforces for new labor markets. Surveys of company leaders indicate an increasing need for employee upskilling and retraining. The COVID pandemic […]

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced this week that they were joining forces with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ten pharmaceutical companies and five non-profit organizations to accelerate the development of gene therapies for rare diseases. The new public-private partnership, called the Bespoke Gene Therapy Consortium, aims to overcome obstacles and streamline the […]

BRANY announced several new hires as almost 50% of respondents in a recent BRANY survey report they expect the level of clinical trial activity to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2022. The influx of new talent is aimed to ensure BRANY continues to serve the evolving needs of our customers looking to restart or open […]

The FDA recently issued a notice to a California-based principal investigator regarding non-compliance with the requirement to submit clinical trial results information to the ClinicalTrials.gov data bank. The requirement, part of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA), was designed to improve clinical trial transparency. Although the Final Rule for Clinical Trials […]

In March 2020, as governments around the world were issuing large-scale lockdowns, health facilities shifted their efforts to addressing critical needs of patients while trying to maintain the safety of staff. Clinical trials ended or were paused, and researchers allocated their attention and resources to understanding and managing the novel coronavirus. To assist researchers, IRBs, […]

A Medicare coverage analysis (MCA) for clinical trials evaluates which tests, procedures, and interventions will be associated with a clinical trial. This analysis results in a budget and plan for invoicing third party payers and sponsors. Clinical trials for devices differ from interventional trials for drugs in a few key ways that can impact the process […]

Research related to COVID-19 has increased awareness in the community about the role of the institutional review board (IRBs) to protect the rights and welfare of research participants.  The regulations and guidelines in place to ensure the safety of research participants cover a wide range of areas that need attention.  In addition to evaluating a […]

In March 2019, we published an article addressing the threat of burnout among clinical research coordinators. A year later, research centers were scrambling to close amid lockdowns. Clinical trials were paused as resources shifted to caring for the surge of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals. Health care providers, including clinical research professionals, were thrust into […]

When investigators embark on designing, writing, and initiating the clinical trial, their responsibilities are just beginning. The FDA calls these investigators “sponsor-investigators (SIs)”. A sponsor-investigator is an individual who both initiates and conducts an investigation, and under whose immediate direction the investigational drug is administered or dispensed. In other words, in an investigator-initiated trial, the […]

Social determinants of health (SDoH) are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health and quality-of life-risks and outcomes. Collectively, they contribute significantly “to the social patterning of health, disease, and illness,” according to the CDC. Examples of these social determinants include safe and affordable […]

An FDA audit or inspection can occur at any time, and sometimes with very little advance warning. The FDA conducts both announced and unannounced inspections of clinical investigator sites, typically under the following circumstances: to verify the accuracy and reliability of data that has been submitted to the agency; as a result of a complaint […]

One of the most critical first steps in preparing to launch a clinical trial is the development of a budget that covers expenses and compensates the research site. The budgeting process can be complex and requires detailed review of the protocol and a methodical line-by-line attention to detail. A properly negotiated budget ensures that a […]

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced updates to the 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law in December 2016. The proposed legislation coincides with a detailed concept paper the White House published Tuesday in Science Magazine outlining their vision for the new research agency. The 21st Century Cures Act, known as “Cures”, was […]

What does it mean to conduct a virtual clinical trial? What about remote, decentralized, hybrid, or siteless studies?  These terms are sometimes used interchangeably. But there may be value in distinguishing how these models can facilitate recruiting subjects and change the way clinical trials have traditionally been conducted. Advances in mobile and digital health technologies […]

The COVID-19 pandemic had significant impacts on clinical trials and research programs. According to researchers at Penn State, over 80 percent of clinical trials were suspended between March 1 and April 26, 2020, mostly due to the pandemic. The impact was more substantial for government or academic-funded studies than for sponsored trials, according to their […]

To ensure appropriate reimbursement for the services provided to a patient in a clinical trial, research sites must develop a budget for each study. One important step in developing a clinical trial budget is conducting a “coverage analysis,” also known as Medicare Coverage Analysis, sometimes referred to an MCA. An MCA identifies the services for […]

A report[1] published last week by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) shows an increase in anxiety, depression and people’s need for mental health services. According to the survey, between August 2020 and February 2021, the percentage of adults with recent symptoms of an anxiety or a depressive disorder increased from 36.4 percent […]

The Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) established to monitor COVID-19 vaccines this week announced they were reviewing the clinical trial data submitted by Astra Zeneca for their COVID-19 vaccine. But what is a DSMB, and why is it important for clinical research sites to know? A Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) is an […]

The United States reached the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed case of COVID-19, on January 15. Even now, as the rollout of vaccinations is underway, institutions are still facing campus and facility closures. We cannot underestimate the impact of COVID-19 on clinical trials and the research community. Institutions have had to refocus resources toward […]

The campus closures necessitated by the pandemic in 2020 forced many research administration officials to adopt virtual meetings to continue their work. People scrambled to set up their home offices, to secure Wi-Fi networks and create accounts on videoconferencing services. The Internet offered dozens of articles on how to improve online meetings to encourage engagement […]

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine Houston announced this week that they were stopping a clinical trial investigating the efficacy of convalescent plasma therapy in the treatment of patients with COVID-19. The reason, according to the principal investigator, was that statisticians had deemed the NIH-funded study to be futile. In other words, even with more […]

End-to-end solution is designed to help hospitals and institutions attract and administer sponsored clinical research studies (Lake Success, NY) — BRANY today announced the launch of CTrials, an innovative end-to-end solution that offers a clinical trials administrative support service focused on helping hospitals and institutions accelerate their research goals. CTrials by BRANY is built around […]

The disruption of clinical research as a result of COVID-19 cannot be overstated. Virtually everything about developing protocols and starting clinical trials has been upturned. In some cases, trials have been closed indefinitely. Others have been delayed or streamlined. Much of the interaction, such as IRB review meetings, has been shifted online, decentralized or outsourced […]

We know we are not alone when we say we are happy to put 2020 behind us. It was a challenging year for everyone, and we look forward to better days ahead. Despite the difficulties that the research community faced, we witnessed remarkable flexibility, resilience and creativity in dealing with significant hurdles. Last year lent […]

The FDA issued guidance in November aimed at enhancing diversity and encouraging inclusivity in medical research, specifically in the development of medical products. FDA Commissioner Stephan M. Hahn, M.D., wrote that “in order to promote public health, it is important that people who are in clinical trials represent the populations likely to use the potential medical […]

Even as research centers and academic institutions re-open after shutdowns due to COVID-19, many researchers are looking at ways to use remote technologies in their clinical trials. In South Carolina, for example, nicotine addiction researchers[1] are examining how to enroll smokers in their studies. They are evaluating e-consents, online surveys and questionnaires, as well as […]

As COVID-19 swept across the United States earlier this year, many research centers found themselves pausing or stopping clinical trials and shifting their work from an office or clinic to their homes. Clinical research staff pivoted their focus to support the COVID-19 response, or to launch critical studies focusing on COVID-19. As some research staff […]

While some research institutions are slowly re-opening their campuses, many investigators and their staff are still working remotely from home, at least part time. This has had a significant impact on both industry sponsored and investigator initiated clinical trials. Learn how to continue protocol writing even when working remotely. https://bit.ly/2QoW1NW

By most any measure, one of the biggest impacts that COVID-19 has had on the practice of medicine is the shift toward more telemedicine visits. Although the practice of delivering health services over the phone or the Internet has been around for some time, it wasn’t until the pandemic forced communities to close that clinical […]

Even as communities start the process of evaluating re-opening, many experts believe that a new normal will be with us for a long time. Physical distancing, face masks and ubiquitous alcohol gel will be part of daily life. The risk of recurrence spikes also looms ahead and threatens a return to stricter “stay at home” […]

The current global pandemic combined with electronic medical records and data visualization technologies have resulted in unprecedented advances in real-time tracking of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, across countries, states and local communities. As the situation evolves, there will be ample opportunity and increased need for both retrospective and prospective COVID-19 research studies that […]

Research institutions may need to transfer some or all of their clinical trials as they adjust operations in response to the coronavirus pandemic. BRANY, a national organization that provides IRB review and clinical trial start-up services, announced today that its team of experts is standing ready to support institutions impacted by COVID-19. Extraordinary measures, from […]

The rapidly evolving federal, state and local policies regarding COVID-19 are impacting every walk of life in the United States and around the world. Companies, as well as academic and government researchers, have pivoted their focus on vaccines and possible treatments for the novel coronavirus. Health and research institutions are trying to keep up with […]

BRANY IRB is monitoring the COVID-19 epidemic and has been notified that organizations conducting research have implemented guidelines to ensure the health and safety of employees, visitors, patients and research participants. In some cases, such guidelines may impact a research team’s ability to carry out study procedures and visits as required. We recognize that this […]

Earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the approval of a budget appropriation bill for funding through September 2020. In it, the NIH receives $41.68 billion in funding, an increase of $2.6 billion from FY 2019. For NIH, the new budget appropriation includes $500 million for the All of Us precision medicine study and a […]

One year has passed since the implementation of the Revised Common Rule, and many challenges and questions remain. While IRBs wait for promised guidance to materialize, we are left to interpret various aspects of the rule ourselves. This has resulted in variability across IRBs in how the new requirements are interpreted and operationalized. Variability in […]

For Immediate Release 17 December 2019 Asentral, Inc. Institutional Review Board (IRB), based near the biotech hubs of Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, is joining BRANY, company officials announced today. BRANY will provide its full suite of IRB services to Asentral’s current clients. “Asentral was founded by research professionals with deep research experience, and has been […]

Congratulations! You have gone through all the necessary steps to launch a clinical trial. Now it’s time to move on to the next one, right? Wrong! A successfully managed clinical trial requires ongoing tracking throughout its duration. Careful tracking ensures your research organization remains compliant and that your site is compensated properly for the study. […]

Congratulations! You have gone through all the necessary steps to launch a clinical trial. Now it’s time to move on to the next one, right? Wrong! A successfully managed clinical trial requires ongoing tracking throughout its duration. Careful monitoring ensures your research institution remains compliant and that your site is compensated properly for the study. […]

Congratulations! You have gone through all the necessary steps to launch a clinical trial. Now it’s time to move on to the next one, right? Wrong! A successfully managed clinical trial requires ongoing tracking throughout its duration. Careful tracking ensures your research organization remains compliant and that your site is compensated properly for the study. […]

NEWS RELEASE BRANY (brany.com) has announced that Michael Belotto, PhD, MPH, CCRC, CCRA, will serve as chairperson for their social-behavioral IRB. The SBER IRB is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of experts in social and behavioral research, as well as human subject protection. “Dr. Belotto has been a great contributor to BRANY IRB’s success over the past […]

Our own Linda Reuter offers thoughts on how to meet new ‘concise summary’ requirements on informed consent for clinical trials. https://bit.ly/2JUQ8o3    

(Miami, FL) — The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program), a division of BRANY, has announced new online courses and webinars designed to help research professionals understand and comply with regulatory requirements for clinical trials. The three courses and webinars address critical regulatory requirements: Transitioning research to the Revised Common Rule Protocol registration and disclosure […]

Clinical investigators often have multiple opportunities to participate in sponsored clinical trials. In addition to the professional satisfaction of being at the forefront of therapeutic development, clinical trials present an ability for physicians to offer patients alternatives to treatments they may otherwise be unable to access. While study sites may receive compensation for time and […]

Clinical trial enrollment continues to be one of the most vexing challenges for research institutions and sponsors. Despite one quarter of sponsors’ clinical trial budgets being allocated to enrolling participants, half of research sites enroll only one or no patients in studies. Recruiting a diverse patient population is an even bigger challenge, with ethnic minorities, […]

As clinical trials protocols have grown more complex and more disparate teams are working on different elements of executing them, there is a potential for incongruency between the protocol requirements and the budget. It is critical to engage the stakeholders that will have a part in carrying out the research in the budgeting process. All […]

Let’s face it. Every job has its challenges. However, burnout seems to be at an all-time epidemic level. A recent report from Harvard University highlighted physician burnout as a public health crisis. A keyword search for “preventing burnout” yields 15 million results in Google. In the United States, problems associated with burnout are estimated to […]

Increased complexity of launching and running research protocols means different teams are contributing their expertise to ensure human subject protection, accurate budgets and successful patient recruitment. It also means that, with so many disparate groups involved, the risk of delays increases. One significant contributor to delays in study start-up is the lack of a common […]

Many institutions still struggle to recruit and retain the best talent for these challenging positions. A changing regulatory landscape, increasingly complex protocols and a litany of deadlines all contribute to a stressful environment for these employees. Additionally, salaries have remained largely stagnant, creating a general sense of disengagement. Staff turnover can lead to interruption in […]

Public Posting An important provision in the Revised Common Rule is the requirement to post, to a publicly-available federal Web site, a copy of an IRB-approved version of the consent form that was used for enrollment purposes for each clinical trial conducted or supported by a federal department or agency. The Office for Human Research […]

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has released The Revised Common Rule Compliance Dates and Transition Provision Draft Guidance. In it, you will find information about transitioning studies to the Revised Common Rule, and answers to frequently asked questions. Our team at BRANY has been closely monitoring the guidance from regulatory agencies and is […]

The Revised Common Rule has a few important changes regarding consent waivers. Under the revised Common Rule, broad consent is provided as an alternative to the informed consent requirements for the storage, maintenance, and secondary research use of identifiable private information or identifiable biospecimens. If an individual was asked and refused to provide broad consent, […]

While the industry waits for additional guidance on the Revised Common Rule, there are some aspects that are worth taking note now. This is a series of blog posts that address various important changes for research professionals to keep in mind as they implement the Revised Common Rule. BLOG POST #2 — Broad Consent One […]

While the industry waits for additional guidance on the Revised Common Rule, there are some aspects that are worth taking note now. This is a series of posts that address various important changes for research professionals to keep in mind as they implement the Revised Common Rule. Concise Summary Consent forms must facilitate comprehension by […]

Experienced Research Professionals Should Consider Mentoring the Next Generation Approximately 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day between now and 2030, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. The field of clinical research is no exception to this enormous wave of research leaders reaching retirement age and exiting the profession. As senior […]

The peer-reviewed journal The Qualitative Report has published an article by Michael Belotto, Director of the BRANY Institute of Research Education, entitled “Data Analysis Methods for Qualitative Research: Managing the Challenges of Coding, Interrater Reliability, and Thematic Analysis.” (LINK: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol23/iss11/2/) “While … text books explain the general philosophies of the interpretive tradition and its theoretical groundings, I found […]

Career Transitions: Becoming a Clinical Research Nurse This is part two of a three-part series on research careers. By mid-career, nurses are sometimes looking for new challenges. However, not all nurses are interested in pursuing careers in administration. One path to consider is in clinical research. Nurses play an essential role in the success of […]

How to Attract and Keep the Best Research Coordinators This is part of a series on career development for research professionals. One of the most challenging responsibilities for an investigator is the recruitment and retention of talented staff, particularly research coordinators. Nationwide, there is a high turnover rate among research coordinators. This disruption in staffing […]

Recent news about approved immunotherapy and gene therapies has generated excitement around the possibilities of treating difficult diseases. Organizations have increased funding in this area, including a recently announced $1.3 million grant in funding by the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy for research in gliobastoma, sarcoma and ovarian cancer. The increased attention and funding means […]

Last year we asked research staff and managers to tell us about their staff training needs. We want to thank those who took the time to complete the questionnaire. The results are in and here is what we learned. The majority of those who responded to the survey either have limited or no funding for […]

It’s once again time to get ready for the National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl, and the odds-makers are making their forecasts. Many an office worker is looking to join the fun by participating in office pools to see if, this year, they get lucky. One person, however, is raising his eyebrows as people make […]

Representatives from BRANY, CITI, Protocol Builder, and HPR Consulting are all still abuzz about the great conference hosted by PRIM&R this year. We have returned to our work newly energized and inspired and  have spent the past couple weeks back in our offices talking about what we learned and would like to share these reflections […]

BRANY announced today the release of a new research protocol template specifically designed to address the unique needs of social-behavioral-education researchers, as part of Protocol Builder®, a secure, cloud-based protocol writing application. “Social and behavioral research is distinct from biomedical research,” says Jeffrey Cohen, PhD, a principal with HRP Consulting Group, also a division of […]

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Policy on the use of a Single Institutional Review Board of Record (sIRB) for Multi-Site Research establishes the expectation that all sites participating in multi-site studies involving non-exempt human subjects research funded by the NIH will use a sIRB to conduct the required ethical review for the Protection of […]

The process of launching a clinical trial can be daunting for an inexperienced researcher and his or her team. From carefully reviewing a research protocol to navigating the IRB process, the researcher and team must ensure certain steps are followed to comply with federal and state regulations, as well as their own institutions’ policies and […]

Final revisions to the Common Rule were published January 19, 2017. Our colleagues at HRP Consulting Group have assembled a summary of the changes. Please click here to read them =>  summary of the changes  

As 2016 winds down we start to look ahead and prepare for the new year. With the elections over, much has been said about what a new administration may mean to pending research legislation, the regulatory landscape, or research funding. Even without a crystal ball, there are several things that a research professional can do […]

Focused IRB offers specific expertise in social and behavioral sciences, including: Qualitative Research Nursing Research (Magnet Designated) Quality of Life Research Evidence based research  (Lake Success, NY) — BRANY announced today the launch of a new IRB focusing on social, behavioral and educational research (SBER). “The aim of BRANY’s SBER IRB is to offer social, […]

Feds Announce Requirements Aimed at Providing more information about clinical trials to the public The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced a final rule, which outlines new requirements for registering and recording certain clinical trials on its ClinicalTrials.gov website. At the same time, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a […]

Pediatric hematologist-oncologist Kris Michael Mahadeo, MD., has been with Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) in New York for two years. He was previously at University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.  Like many other specialists in pediatric cancer, he credits the low mortality rate among children with cancer […]

BRANY recently completed an analysis to assess how principal investigators are enrolling in active clinical trials. The ten investigators listed below, along with their research teams, consistently enrolled subjects in their ongoing clinical trials, hitting their recruitment goal at an average of 70 percent or higher.  We were impressed with these statistics and wanted to […]

In May 2016, BRANY (Biomedical Research Alliance of NY), a national organization providing support services to research institutions and investigators in a wide variety of therapeutic areas, medical devices, biologic and diagnostic trials, announced its acquisition of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Program (CITI). The link below will bring you to frequently asked questions about the acquisition. If you have any additional […]

The NIH has released its final policy on the use of central IRBs for multi-site research. Starting May 2017, in multi-site studies in the United States involving non-exempt human subjects research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), research institutions will be expected to use a single Institutional Review Board (sIRB) to conduct the […]

The FDA recently released a draft guidance policy categorizing investigational device exemption (IDE) devices. The guidance was developed to assist the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in determining whether or not an IDE device should be covered (reimbursed) by CMS. The guidance has significant implications for research sites and investigators who are responsible […]

(Lake Success, NY) — BRANY (Biomedical Research Alliance of NY), a national organization providing support services to research institutions and investigators in a wide variety of therapeutic areas, medical devices, biologic and diagnostic trials, announced today its acquisition of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Program (CITI), a leading provider of online research ethics education to the research community. “With […]

HRPs Conulting Group joining BRANY HRP Consulting Group, Inc. (“HRP”) will be joining BRANY (Biomedical Research Alliance of New York, LLC (“BRANY”) as a separate division of the company, both companies announced today. The partnership will provide a platform to support the growth of HRP as it continues to respond to the needs of its public […]

We are pleased to announce that Laura Donohue has joined the team as IRB Supervisor, where she will work with BRANY’s central, AAHRPP-accredited IRB.   “Laura’s extensive experience as a research coordinator at one of our founding institutions provides her with insights that will be invaluable to our other clients,” says Raffaella Hart, vice president, […]

September 30 marked the first day of implementation of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, with the launch of the Open Payments Program and the release of an online database of the financial relationships between drug and device companies’ and physicians.   The Web site will eventually report all payments or transfers of value—including payments for […]

BRANY is pleased to announce its participation in AWARE for All-New York City, a free educational event featuring a health fair and informative presentation about clinical research participation. AWARE for All is a free program that aims to educate and empower patients and the public to make informed decisions about clinical research participation. Learn how […]

News release March 2015 BRANY Earns Five-Year AAHRPP Accreditation BRANY has successfully continued its Full Accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). The five-year accreditation reflects BRANY’s continuing commitment to protecting the rights and welfare of research participants. AAHRPP’s accreditation process help organizations consistently meet ethical principles and standards […]

BRANY (Biomedical Research Alliance of New York) has licensed its proprietary SMART (Study Management and Revenue Tracking) system to Tech Software, an information technology company that currently offers IRBManager, a fully Web-based software product that supports the administration of institutional review boards at leading hospitals throughout the country. The BRANY SMART system is a clinical study […]