2020 IRB CONFERENCE - July 30, 2020



Research Community Forum Conference Partners



Join NWABR and its conference partners, the WIRB-Copernicus Group and Advarra as we host our annual IRB Conference July 30, 2020.  We will feature presentations by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) as in years past.  This progam will be hosted in the Lynnwood Convention Center Lynnwood, WA.

Please also note: * Food and beverages provided courtesty of NWABR, WIRB, Advarra.  OHRP does not support these portions of the event. 

The Research Community Froum and IRB Conference will be held at the Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood WA.  Lynnwood is 15 miles north of Seattle.

Attendees can expect a comprehensive program addressing the challenges faced by human subjects' researchers and the ethics review community.  From the discussion of emerging consent models to workshops on practical protocol and consent development, this conference offers a curriculum for all levels.

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE 2020 Research Community Forum?

  • 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





OHRP provides leadership in the protection of the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of human subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 



WIRB or WCG has provided comprehensive regulatory expertise for the use of human subjects in research for more than 40 years. They offer customized training, consulting, and reviewing to support IRB research protocols and documentation.



Advarra is the premier provider of integrated IRB, IBC and global research compliance consulting services in North America. They provide customized, dedicated services for research institutions and are fully sIRB ready. 




The designated hotel for the Research Community Forum is the Courtyard Seattle North/Lynnwood Everett.  The available rooms at this hotel at the government and other discounted rates have now all been booked.  New bookings at this hotel are likely to be $274 per night.  There is a shuttle service to the Convention Center but this cannot be guaranteed as registrations have exceeded expectations.  A typical cab fare from the hotel to the convention center is less than $10.00.  Walking the distance is 0.7 miles.  Rooms will be available from July 23, 2019 through July 27, 2019 and bookings must be completed by June 23, 2019.  The registration link for this hotel is:

Book your group rate for Northwest Association of Biomedical Research


Other Accomodations

NWABR has made an alternative arrangement with Homewood Suites by Hilton Lynnwood Seattle Everett.  These rates are available through to July 9, 2019.  The following link will take you to the Homewood Suites site.

Book your group rate with Homewood Suites.



CIP  - The CIP Council has approved this conference for the following CIP recertification credits.  Attendance on day one of the conference has been approved for 5 3/4 hours of CIP Credits.  Attendance on day two has been approved for 7 3/4 hours of CIP Credits.  Attendance for both days has been approved for 13 1/2 hours of CIP Credits.

ACRP - ACRP has approved attendance at this event for up to 13.50 contact hours of clinical research-related education on applications for Maintenance of ACRP’s CCRC®, CCRA®, CPI® or ACRP-CP® certification designations.

MCLE - The WA State MCLE Board has approved attendance at the full two day RCF for 8.5 Law and Legal Credits and 6.5 Other Credits for a maximum total of 13.5 Credits (Activity ID: 1101578).  The Ask the Feds Session on July 25, 2019 is not eligible for MCLE Credit.  All sessions are approved for L&L Credit except for the following sessions which are approved for Other Credits:

  • Incorporating Plain Language into Informed Consent Documents;
  • St. Kitts Live Herpes Vaccine trial - what went wrong;
  • Clinical Research in Emergencies;
  • The New Common Rule (breakout session);
  • Re-envisioning the definition of private identifiable information in the information age;
  • Small Research Programs (breakout session);
  • Facilitated discussion for IRB Leaders (breakout session); and
  • The IRB's role in Research on Gun Violence.

Transportation & Parking

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.   Amtrak King Street Station and the downtown light rail services are each approximately 16 miles from the Convention Center/hotel.

Airport Taxi and Ride Share

A taxi between SeaTAC and the hotel 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

Shuttle Express is offering conference attendees discounted rates on shuttle and private car services.  Book online (discount will show on confirmation once payment is processed; discounted rates range from $30-60 depending on service).


Parking at the conference hotel and at the Lynnwood Convention Center are both free.

Driving Directions 

To Courtyard Seattle North/Lynnwood Everett:

From SeaTac Airport, follow signs to all freeways. Take I-5 North for 26 miles, through Seattle. Take Exit 181-A, take a left at the exit light onto 44th Ave W. Proceed under freeway and take a right onto 200th St. SW/Alderwood Mall Blvd., the second light. Hotel driveway is 1/2 block on the right.

To Lynnwood Convention Center:

From SeaTac Airport, follow signs to all freeways.  Take I-5 North for 26 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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If you are also interested in sponsoring the RCF/IRB Conference or being a Vendor for the event please contact Ken Gordon at (206) 957-3337.






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