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ONR Develops Application to Centralize Info on Research of Human Subjects

The Office of Naval Research has developed a new web based application to track and manage Defense Department studies involving human beings, according to an ONR release.

The Protections in Research Oversight Management Information System (PROMIS) is planned as the new bridge between Navy research compliance specialists and staff members submitting or conducting research on human subjects.

Dr. Timothy Singer, director of the research protections division in ONR’s Warfighter Performance Department said the nation expects more accountability for research with human subjects and PROMIS offers a solution for that.

The electronic Institutional Review Board has been the main method for researchers to document protocol in the past but a study by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues found that the government lacked a centralized system to track ongoing experiments.

“As the basis of the DoD-wide system, PROMIS will enable a wide cross-section of users, from principal investigators to departmental leaders, to monitor and manage projects and ensure that research is in compliance with regulations,” said Dr. Andy Jones, deputy director of the Research Protections division.

Currently 16 DoD commands are using the new PROMIS system and many more are supposed to adopt it in the future.

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