2023 Seattle Clinical Research Professional Virtual Conference

Seattle Clinical Research professional Virtual Conference

This Conference will be livestreamed

Date: October 27, 2023

Time: 8.30am to 4:30pm



NWABR invites you to attend our seventh Clinical Research Professional Conference from Seattle.  This conference will be livestreamed on the day from Seattle, and recordings of all sessions will also be made available to all registered attendees after the event.

This conference is designed for clinical research professionals who have the role of ensuring the ongoing integrity of research within their institutions.

The theme for the 2023 Seattle CRP Conference is: What Works: Tools and Ideas to Improve Your CRP Program.

The following is the proposed program for the conference.  Please note: all speakers are confirmed, that said, it is possible that session times may be changed:

  Main Auditorium   Breakout   
Time Speaker(s) Topic Speaker(s) Topic
8.30am Ken Gordon
Cheryl Weaver
Renee Cook
Formal Conference Opening    
9.00am Catherine Gregor, MBA, CCRP, CCRC Unlocking FDA Guidelines: The Key to Decentralized Clinical Trials    
10.00am   Break    
10.15am Sandy Smith, RN, MSN, AOCN  Research Site Capacity Challenges: Preparing the Clinical Trial Workforce for the Future Nichelle Cobb, Ph.D. Navigating the Single IRB Process
11.15am   Break    
11.30am Ling Yang, MD, PhD New Approaches in Clinical Studies - Updates, Considerations and Common GCP Inspection Findings Kelly Willenberg Billing Compliance Awareness
12.30pm   Long Break    
1.00pm Lauren Stockwell, and
Lauren Ballina Chang
Train them so well they can leave: Treat them so well that they don't want to Kristin Surdam Remote Monitoring and its Impact on Coordinators - and how to relieve those impacts
2.00pm Break      
2.15pm David Lake Remote Consent Bridget Adams and Kathryn Schuff Protocol non-compliance
3.15pm   Break    
3.30pm David Hammond, MS, CPT Usability and Human Factors in Clinical Trials Tracie Van Etten, MSHS, CHRC, RQAP-GCP Source Documents
4.30pm Ken Gordon
Cheryl Weaver
Renee Cook

CE Credits

NWABR will apply for the following CE credits:

  • The CIP Council has approved 3 hours of CIP Recertification Credits for attendance of the following conference sessions:  Nichelle Cobb, Navigating the Single IRB Process; David Lake, Remote Consent; and Bridget Adams & Kathryn Schuff, Protocol non-compliance.

  • SOCRA - The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA www.SOCRA.org) accepts documentation of candidate participation in continuing education programs for recertification if the program is applicable to clinical research regulations, operations or management, or to the candidate’s clinical research therapeutic area. This program offers 10 hours of CE credit.

PLEASE NOTE: ACRP advised NWABR (on July 27, 2023) that they have changed their policy and will no longer be pre-approving third party events/submissions for ACRP contact hours. ACRP let us know that attendees are always welcome to self-report events they attended according to their maintenance requirements for their ACRP certification. Attendees can check the ACRP website to verify if the content/sessions are acceptable for their maintenance.  Stay Certified - ACRP (acrpnet.org)


Registration Fees

The cost for this one-day conference is $45 for NWABR, ACRP and ITHS members/staff and $85 for non-members.  This fee covers a conference pack, slides and other background materials, and conference recordings.



NWABR wishes to acknowledge the following sponsors of these conferences.  Additional Sponsors and Vendors are welcome for this conference.  Potential sponsors are encouraged to contact Mr. Ken Gordon for more information. Sponsorship support is key to the successful provision of these events:

Advarra advances the way clinical research is conducted: bringing life sciences companies, CROs, research sites, investigators, and academia together at the intersection of safety, technology, and collaboration. With trusted IRB and IBC review solutions, innovative technologies, experienced consultants, and deep-seated connections across the industry, Advarra provides  integrated solutions that safeguard trial participants, empower clinical sites, ensure compliance, and optimize research performance. Advarra is advancing clinical trials to make them safer, smarter, and faster. For more information, visit advarra.com.


Florence connects clinical research and is the industry leader in electronic document management and remote site access. Over 10,000 research sites in 44 countries and thousands of sponsors and CROs collaborate on its network. Its platform of products includes Florence eBinders: Industry-standard Electronic Investigator Site File, Florence eHub: Remote site access and collaboration tool for sponsors and CROs for start-up, monitoring, site management, and SDR/V, Florence eTMF: Centralized Trial Master File solution of choice for emerging sponsors. To learn about Florence, visit www.florencehc.com.


Conducting clinical trials is an essential part of developing new pharmaceuticals and medical devices. With the large range and volume of studies required today, the field offers plenty of career opportunities for applying your skills to make a significant impact on our medical system.

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the concepts that guide the design and implementation of different types of clinical trials. We’ll study the fundamental scientific, ethical, regulatory and economic principles connected with biomedical research. You’ll also explore the ethics involved in clinical trials, including the protection of human subjects and the integrity of data.



 WCG provides the highest quality ethical reviews of clinical research protocols and studies. WCG was created by combining five IRBs with different areas of expertise and geographical reach – Western IRB (WIRB), the world’s first independent ethical review board, Copernicus Group IRB, New England IRB, Aspire IRB, and Midlands IRB. WCG has more than 50 years’ experience and more than 200 members on AAHRPP accredited boards. Since 2000, WCG has also provided IBC administration and review services to nearly 800 institutions and evaluated more than 400 human gene transfer protocols. For more information, please visit wcgclinical.com or follow us on Twitter  WCGClinical or LinkedIn.

Other Information

For more information about this conference or if you are interested in being a speaker, vendor or sponsor at the conference please also contact Ken Gordon.  

This conference is made possible by the member organizations of NWABR who provide the seed capital for the planning of these educational opportunities.  Please visit the member page to find out more about each of these amazing organizations.  NWABR and PNACRP wish to particularly thank Virginia Mason for their support of this important event.



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