2022 HYBRID IRB CONFERENCE - July 28, 2022


Join NWABR and its conference partners, WCG IRB and Advarra, as we host our annual IRB Conference on July 28, 2022.  This conference will be presented on a Hybrid basis.  The Hybrid event allows for both In-Person and Virtual attendance.  To encourage In-Person attendance and the resumption of Networking Opportunities NWABR will be providing food and refreshments during the day. This will include Breakfast, Lunch and a Hosted Happy Hour!

The Conference is being hosted at the Lynnwood Convention Center in Lynnwood WA.  More details about this venue, parking, and accommodation options are included below.

The theme for this conference is Back to Basics.  This theme recognizes the numbers of new people who have come into the field in the last two years.  This theme also allows for the consideration of changes that may be arising in the administration of human subjects’ trials as flexibilities that were applied to research during the Pandemic come up for review.

The following is the summarized program for the conference:

  Main Auditorium Sessions   Breakout Sessions Note: These Breakout sessions will not be webcast or recorded
Session Times Speaker(s) Topic Speaker(s) Topic
7.15am - 7.30am David Forster, JD, MA, CIP

Julie Ozier, MHL, CHRC, CIP
Conference Opening    
7.30am - 8.30am Ernest D. Prentice, Ph.D.
Dept. of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
University of Nebraska Medical Center
The Dawn of Research Ethics and the Evolution of the IRB
From Tragedy to Outrage to Federal Regulations
8.30am - 9.30am Michael Grippaldi, Esq., CIP
Division of Education and Development
HHS Office for Human Research Protections
Exempt Categories     
9.30am - 10.00am   Break    
10.00am - 11.00am Ann Meeker O'Connell
Food and Drug Administration
GCP and IRB review of FDA regulated products    
11.00am to Noon Kindra Cooper, JD, MPA, MA, CIP
Creighton University
Remote Technology in Clinical Trials, IRB Considerations  Elyse Summers, JD
Nichelle Cobb, Ph.D.
Building and Maintaining a Robust HRPP: What We Can Learn from Accredited Organizations?
Noon - 1pm   Lunch Break    
1.00pm - 2.00pm Madelon V. Baranoski, PhD
Law and Psychiatry Division
Department of Psychiatry  
Fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in research: Lessons learned in an IRB Heather Miller, PhD
Heritage University
SBER Breakout
2.00pm - 3.00pm Nichelle Cobb, Ph.D.
Title: Single IRB – Are We Realizing Our Potential? David Forster, JD, MA, CIP
Chair's Breakout Session
3.00pm - 3.30pm   Break    
3.30pm - 4.30pm Emily Chi Fogler, JD
Epstein Becker Green
Privacy Pile-Up:  Making Sense of Multiple Frameworks for Research Participant Privacy and Data Protection    
4.30pm - 5.30pm David Borasky, MPH, CIP
Hot Spots in Transition    
5.30pm   Conference Close and Happy Hour    

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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 will be applying for the following CE Recertification Credits:

  • CIP 
  • ACRP

Sponsors and Vendors

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:

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.


Conference Venue, Travel, Accommodation and Parking

Conference Venue

The Conference is being hosted at the Lynnwood Convention Center (LCC).  The address of the LCC is:the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036

Conference Hotel

NWABR has arranged for a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Lynnwood (HGI).   The HGI is less than a 5 minute walk from the LCC.  The address for the HGI is: 3801 Alderwood Mall Blvd, Lynnwood, WA 98036.

Booking Link: https://group.hiltongardeninn.com/2qkgkt
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Lynnwood
Group Name: Northwest Association of Biomedical Research
Arrival Date: 2022-07-27
Departure Date: 2022-07-29


There is plentiful free parking at the LCC.  Parking for attendees booked in the HGI is also free.

Getting to Lynnwood

Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) is the primary commercial airport serving the Seattle metropolitan area.  The Lynnwood Convention Center and the conference hotel are approximately 30 miles North from SeaTac.  Depending on traffic this is approximately a 30 – 45 minute car ride.  The best way to get to Lynnwood is to take the Light Rail from Seattle to Northgate, and then take a Taxi or Ride Share to the LCC or HGI (approximately 10 miles).

Airport Taxi and Ride Share

A taxi between SeaTAC and the venues is approximately $60 - $85 one-way (ride sharing may be less depending on provider). Upon your arrival at the airport, follow the signs for taxi and ride-share pick-up locations.

Airport Shuttle

Airport Shuttle services, and other shared ride services, are still limited due to COVID-19 precautions.  Shuttle Express does offer a private car service between Seatac, the venue and/or the conference hotel.  This service depending on the time of day can be fairly expensive.

Driving Directions 

To Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Lynnwood:

From SeaTac Airport, follow signs to all freeways. Take I-5 North for 27 miles, through Seattle. Take Exit 181-A, take a left at the exit light onto 44th Ave W.  At the intersection of 44th Ave W. and Alderwood Mall Blvd take a right and follow Alderwood Mall Blvd to your destination at 3801 Alderwood Mall Blvd, Lynnwood, WA 98036 

To Lynnwood Convention Center:

From SeaTac Airport, follow signs to all freeways.  Take I-5 North for 27 miles, through Seattle. Take Exit 181-B (Alderwood Mall), take left onto Poplar Way (first light), take left onto 196th Street.  Drive West over the freeway one block to the Convention Center on the right.


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