Black Lives Matter

PRIM&R unequivocally condemns police brutality and anti-Black violence. We are outraged at the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless others and the continued injustices perpetrated on Black people in this country. We all have a responsibility to confront the systemic, institutional racism deeply embedded in our societal and institutional structures. PRIM&R stands with our Black constituents and calls on nonblack members of our community to eradicate racism in the principles and practices of their everyday work.

The research enterprise has a distinct obligation to grapple with systemic racism, given its historical abuse of Black communities. The ethics framework governing research with human subjects was created in direct response to the exploitation of Black men in the US Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. This history, alongside inequities in employment, wealth, education, and housing, and the chronic devaluing of Black lives, has persistently undermined Black health. Despite efforts to earn the trust of Black communities, eradicate racial biases in research, and increase the representation of Black and brown people among research participants and beneficiaries, there is more work to be done. Using the levers of respect for persons, beneficence, and especially justice, IRBs and other research personnel are in a position to help dismantle systems and practices that sustain structural racism in medicine and research. Indeed, they have an obligation to do so.

PRIM&R is committed to taking the following actions against racism and to sharing information that will help the research community do the same:

We are committed to amplifying Black voices, to diversifying our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and program speakers, and to critically engaging our current diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Black Lives Matter.