Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

AEREO: The Consortium to Advance Effective Research Ethics Oversight

Membership Benefits

What are the benefits of institutional engagement in AEREO projects?

Along with others, members of the IRB and HRPP communities share a common interest in advancing empirical research and qualitative improvement efforts to promote effective ethical oversight of research involving human subjects. Participating in Consortium projects will help advance system-wide goals of developing approaches to assess IRB and HRPP effectiveness and applying these approaches to evaluate effectiveness, devise mechanisms for quality improvement, and assess the impact of different policies and practices. In addition to learning from other collaborating institutions and playing a role in shaping the Consortium’s research agenda, institutional collaborators will reap individual benefits specific to their institutions by utilizing novel approaches to assess their own performance, identify areas in need of improvement, and implement evidence-based approaches to research ethics review and oversight. This, in turn, can provide support for new resources and programs at the institutional level and improve relationships with stakeholders.

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) shares AEREO's commitment to evaluating and improving IRB effectiveness. Accordingly, AAHRPP has agreed that institutional participation in the Consortium's projects may be relied towards satisfaction of Element I.5.B of the AAHRPP accreditation standards.

If you're interested in learning more about AEREO membership, please contact AEREO Chair Holly Fernandez Lynch. We are currently in the process of designing projects and submitting funding proposals.