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Clinical Research Times

March 4, 2021

Dear Colleague:

This issue of the CR TIMES focuses on the new institutional process for reducing bias in research, based on recommendations by the “Committee to Reduce Implicit and Explicit Bias in Research” established by Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine.  The Committee’s aim was to recommend systems changes to identify and minimize sexism, racism, and other forms of bias in research design and reporting.

Also check out:

  • “Dear IRB” on the use of a questionnaire with a chart review for determining eligibility, and an abbreviated consent statement
  • “The CRRO Corner” on upcoming 2021 training, seminars, and RPN Workshops
  • “Things to Know” on updates to the INSPIR application regarding in-person interaction at BMC; completing the new Reducing Implicit and Explicit Bias in Research form as part of the initial submission in INSPIR; and updated/new consent templates

Learn more at

Matthew T. Ogrodnik, MS, CIP, Editor, CR TIMES
Director, Office of Human Research Affairs