How Incentives Are Used in Research

Free talk at UC Riverside on April 13 will focus on the ethics surrounding compensation to participants in research studies

Brandon Brown

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – How much payment is too much in ethical research? This question is the focus and title of a talk at the University of California, Riverside on Wednesday, April 13.

Brandon Brown, a health services researcher in the UC Riverside School of Medicine, will give the hour-long talk at 1 p.m. in Room 367, the Highlander Union Building.  The event is free and open to the public.

“Imagine planning a new human subject’s research study with an experimental vaccine, a community forum, or an online survey,” said Brown, an assistant professor in the Center for Healthy Communities. “By chance, participants in the one-time survey might receive an incentive higher than those in the multi-visit vaccine clinical trial, as there is no guidance on what incentives should be provided in research. In this presentation, I will discuss how incentives are used in research. I will present pilot data to show their haphazard allocation in studies, and discuss how a public incentives resource could be useful for investigators, institutional review boards, sponsors, and participants.”

Brown’s research focuses on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention.  He has more than 10 years of research experience on sexually transmitted infections. His research focus includes the impact, stigma, and ethics of human papillomavirus virus (HPV) and HIV and his research activities include work on HIV and HPV-related disease, and cancer prevention among underserved populations in the United States, Peru, Mexico and Nigeria.

Brown came to UCR in 2015 after working for four years at UC Irvine. He earned his bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from UCI, followed by a master of public health in epidemiology from UCLA. He then attended the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to earn his Ph.D. in international health, conducting his postdoctoral work in global health back at UCLA.

He is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, the International Society of Vaccines, the Global Health Council, the American Public Health Association, and the UC Global Health Institute. He has authored over 70 publications and is a regular reviewer for high impact journals.

No registration is needed to attend his talk. Seating is limited.  Light refreshments will be served.

Parking information can be found here.  Short-term parking is available in some parking lots; more information can be obtained from the attendant at this kiosk.

Brown’s talk is the second in a new series of monthly seminars being offered by the Office of Research Integrity within the Office of Research and Economic Development at UCR.

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