2021 IRB VIRTUAL CONFERENCE - July 29, 2021


Join NWABR and its conference partners, the WIRB-Copernicus Group IRB and Advarra, as we host our annual IRB Conference on July 29, 2021.  We will feature a presentation from the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) as in years past. 

CoronaVirus Impact on IRB Conference

Due to the popularity of this conference, and the potential risk of us all meeting in the same space, we have elected to host this conference virtually. This allows us to fully participate and to open the conference to people outside our geographic region at a lower cost.  

Attendees will be able to view all presentations live and those presentations will also be recorded for offline viewing by registered attendees.  This service will be offered through the GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar platforms.

Conference Program

Time Main Webinar   Breakout  
  Topic Speaker(s) Topic Speaker(s)
7.45am Welcome David Forster (WCG IRB)
Michele Russell-Einhorn (Advarra)
Ken Gordon (NWABR)
8.00am Opening Keynote
Diversity and Inclusion
Linda Coleman (Yale University) and Rear Admiral Richardae Araojo (Office for Minority Health and Health Equity)    
9.00am Break (15 minutes)      
9.15am Meeting the Challenges with Conducting Human Research in the Pandemic; Leveraging Flexibilities in the Common Rule Ivor Pritchard (Office for Human Research Protections) Establishing a High Quality Human Research Protections Program (HRPP): the AAHRPP Model Elyse Summers and Nichelle Cobb (Both AAHRPP)
10.15am Break (15 minutes)      
10.30am WA Healthcare Epidemiological Learnings in the COVID Pandemic Lynae Kibiger (Washington State Department of Health) Small Programs Andrea McDowell (Seattle University)
11.30am Break (60 minutes)      
12.30pm Afternoon Keynote
Pausing and Reopening
Cheryl Weaver (Moderator - Benaroya Research Institute)
Tanya Matthews (Kaiser Permanente)
Jenn Hansberry (Swedish)
Jessica Cohen (PATH)
1.30pm Break (15 minutes)      
1.45pm Monitoring Research Remotely Jason Malone (University of Washington)
Neala Lane (Indiana University)
Social and Behavioral Research Programs Robert Hood (AAHRPP)
2.45pm Break (15 minutes)      
3.00pm Policies, procedures and guidelines for consent form language Megan Doerr (Sage Bionetworks) Chair's Discussion David Borasky (WCG IRB)
4.00pm Break (15 minutes)      
4.15pm Closing Keynote
Mobile Medical Applications, New Technology and IRB Review
James Riddle (Advarra)    
5.15pm Conference Close      

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  • IRB chairs, members, administrators and staff
  • Medical doctors, registered nurses and other staff involved in clinical research
  • Regulatory affairs and compliance/oversight personnel
  • Scientists and ethicists
  • Sponsors and contract and research organization staff involved in developing, managing or administering informed consent





WCG IRB provides the highest quality ethical reviews of clinical research protocols and studies. WCG IRB 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 IRB has more than 50 years’ experience and more than 200 members on AAHRPP-accredited boards. Since 2000, WCG IRB 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 www.wcgirb.com or follow us on Twitter @WCGClinical or LinkedIn.


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 www.advarra.com.



NWABR has applied for/has been approved for, the following CE Recertification Credits:


  • CIP - The CIP Council has approved this conference for up to 10 hours of CIP recertification credits based on sessions attended and recordings viewed.  The only session that is not eligible for credit is the 10.30am session titled “WA Healthcare Epidemiological Learnings in the COVID Pandemic”
  • ACRP- ACRP has approved this conference for up to 7 hours of recertification credits for maintenance of ACRP’s CCRC®, CCRA®, CPI® or ACRP-CP® certification designations.  The following sessions are eligible for ACRP recertification credit:
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Meeting the Challenges with Conducting Human Research in the Pandemic; Leveraging Flexibilities in the Common Rule
    • Pausing and Reopening
    • Monitoring Research Remotely
    • Policies, procedures and guidelines for consent form language
    • Mobile Medical Applications, New Technology and IRB Review
    • Establishing a High-Quality Human Research Protections Program (HRPP): the AAHRPP Model
  • MCLE - The WA State MCLE Board has approved this conference for up to 2.00 hours of Law and Legal Credit, 1.00 hours of Ethics Credit, and 4.00 hours of Other Credit for a maximum total of 7.00 hours of MCLE Credit.  



Sponsors and Vendors

NWABR wishes to acknowledge the following sponsors of this conference.  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:

PrimeIRB is an independent Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) constituted in 2017 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emmes, a global CRO.  

PrimeIRB is not just an IRB.  We can offer IBC review services, site audits, consulting services, and other unique solutions for institutions looking to streamline and optimize their research programs.  We are fully-accredited by AAHRPP, so you know we are going to do it right the first time.  

We pride ourselves on the ability to provide exemplary service with a single, consistent point of contact, on-call boards, and competitive turnaround times.

The caliber of our staff is unmatched with over 50 years of collective IRB experience and our Board Leadership has unparalleled background in protecting human subjects.

When you work with Prime, you work with Performance.


If you are also interested in sponsoring the IRB Conference or being a Vendor for the event please contact Ken Gordon at (206) 957-3337.

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