An archive of stories from the research ethics community

About P&P

People & Perspectives (P&P) is a digital story-telling library supported by PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research).

P&P features stories of those working in the research field, including institutional review board (IRB) and institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) professionals, research staff, committee members, institutional officials, researchers, subjects, advocates, regulators, industry representatives, ethicists, and anyone else who considers themselves part of the human subjects and animal care and use enterprise. It is a collection of stories in multiple mediums, i.e., audio- and video-recordings of oral histories and interviews, essays, content from PRIM&R’s ample archives, and profiles of leaders and luminaries.  Some content is contributed by individuals, and some is recorded and gathered by PRIM&R for this purpose.

We hope that you will help us make history by adding your story to this library, and to honor the history of the field and of those in it by viewing and sharing these stories.  

“P&P is a collection of stories from those in the research ethics community…it’s a set of portraits of who we are, what we do, and why our work matters. This constellation of narratives is a unique means of documenting, affirming, and sharing the important work of those individuals who are committed to advancing ethical research.”  

-Joan Rachlin, Executive Director Emerita of PRIM&R

2016 P&P Team: 

  • Anne Meade, project manager
  • Gigi McMillan, content manager

The stories on the People & Perspectives website are personal recollections shared by the narrators and are not intended as an official record of the events described. Rather, as primary material, the interviews present the narrators' personal reflections and interpretations of those events, providing access to multiple perspectives and adding nuance and complexity to our understanding of historical developments. As such, statements in the oral histories should not be understood as statements of fact, and PRIM&R encourages listeners to understand these stories in the context of broader, historical research on the issues and events discussed.