Saint Louis University

Join the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at its latest Brown Bag Session, "Vulnerable Subjects: What the Regulations Don't Say," from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in room 110/111 in the Learning Resources Center. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch or a snack.

This event is a purchased webinar provided by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.

The abuse of vulnerable subjects in the course of human research has been a driving force behind subject protections regulations. Though specific protections are mandated for a few clearly defined categories of vulnerable subjects (children, pregnant women, prisoners, etc.), GCP/ICH also mandate "additional safeguards" or "special attention" for all subjects "likely to be vulnerable" (45 CFR 46.111[b]). Who are these "other" vulnerable subjects and in what way can additional safeguards be applied? This webinar will cover a definition of vulnerability; a brief review of the history of abuse of the vulnerable; and a review of the applicable regulations for specific populations. For research practitioners to extrapolate to areas not covered specifically by regulation, a working understanding of what constitutes vulnerability and its ethical underpinnings will provide the tools needed to provide protection for all vulnerable subjects.

CNE credits are available and this session is co-provided with the SLU School of Nursing.

The IRB's Brown Bag series is designed to provide the SLU research community with in-depth understanding and discussion concerning the latest policies, procedures and requirements pertaining to human subject's research.

Brown Bag sessions are for SLU research professionals and coordinators, and any student, staff, or faculty member who is looking for continuing IRB education.

For questions or to RSVP, call Rachel Millinger at 314-977-9813 or email

For more information and additional education opportunities visit the ‘Training and Education' tab on the IRB website.