THE  P R I N C I P A L  B L O G,  NEWS  &  COVID-19

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It was a wonderful day at the 2021 Mega Senior Expo in Melbourne, Florida on November 10, 2021!

Principal IRB staff members were able to share information about clinical trials with many seniors living in Brevard County. Several residents had questions related to research and Managing Partner, Debra Reed, was on site to provide answers to attendees. 

The PIRB staff passed out flyers, pamphlets and provided hands on tutorials to seniors interested in registering for clinical trials. We also offered complimentary blood pressure checks! It was a great day connecting face to face with the community!


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2021 mega senior health expo

Brevard Senior Expos will host the 12th annual Mega Senior Health Expo on Wednesday, November 10, from 10 am to 2 pm at Wickham Park Regional Pavilion located 2500 parkway drive in Melbourne. 


For 12 years this event has been a destination for boomers, seniors and caregivers to educate, learn and meet face to face with professionals in our community to talk about their needs and learn about options when it comes to everything from health to Hobbies.


The event traditionally begins with Veterans salute ceremony to honor our fallen heroes. Veterans and Seniors will have a chance to interact with local health and ressources organizations and ask questions during the 4 hour event. Refreshments and desserts will be served. 


At the event, Seniors can access resources and information on aging successfully and check out new ideas to improve lifestyle. Learn the benefits of being healthy, being pain free or reducing your pain levels. Professionals are on hand to teach seniors everything from How to keep your memory sharp to how to stay healthy and mobile.


The first 500 seniors will receive a free goody bag.


Free parking and Free admission!

COVID-19 has changed healthcare and the world around us. It remains an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. 
covid-19 helpful links


  • Topic: Informed Consent Issues at the Front Lines of Clinical Trials, CLICK HERE.

  • Topic: Clinical trial for double-antibody COVID-19 treatment underway at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, CLICK HERE.

  • Topic: NIH halts clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine, CLICK HERE.



Principal IRB Awarded Accreditation for Protecting Research Participants

AAHRPP accreditation news release/3Q 2020

September 16, 2020


AAHRPP Awards Accreditation to Principal IRB in Florida

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 16, 2020―The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs today announced that it has awarded full accreditation to Principal IRB, Inc., in Deland, Florida.

The independent IRB joins more than 600 organizations worldwide in demonstrating that it adheres to AAHRPP’s accreditation requirements, which are widely regarded as the gold standard for research protections.

Like every accredited organization, Principal IRB conducted a comprehensive assessment of its human research protection program and documented the extensive safeguards that are built into every level of its research operation. Principal IRB also underwent a rigorous AAHRPP site visit—one of the first to be conducted remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


“AAHRPP has been accrediting high-quality research programs and strengthening protections for research participants for nearly 20 years. That’s important work, and we were determined that it continue uninterrupted during this pandemic,” AAHRPP President and CEO Elyse Summers said.

“Although our site visitors miss the in-person interaction with the accreditation candidates, we are confident that the quality of the remote review—and the evaluation of the human research protection program—is as rigorous as ever,” she added.

AAHRPP has accredited research entities across the U.S. and in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Jordan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

All major U.S. independent institutional review boards have earned AAHRPP accreditation. In addition, more than 70% of U.S. medical colleges and 85% of the top U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded academic medical centers are AAHRPP accredited or have begun the accreditation process.

About AAHRPP: A nonprofit organization, AAHRPP provides accreditation for organizations that conduct or review human research and can demonstrate that their protections exceed the safeguards required by the U.S. government. To learn more, visit

Michelle Feige, MSW, LCSW-C

Executive Vice President

(202) 783-1112