Research Community Forum Conference Partners



Join NWABR and its conference partners, Quorum Review IRB, the WIRB-Copernicus Group and Advarra as we host in conjunction with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) a two-day Research Community Forum which will include NWABR's one day IRB Conference.  The dates for the Research Communty Forum are July 24 and 25, 2019.  This progam will be hosted in the Lynnwood Convention Center Lynnwood, WA.

This program will have two key parts.  Day one of the Research Community Forum will be led by OHRP and will provide an opportunity for small group and workshop discussions that will help attendees as they operationalize their IRB programs under the new Common Rule. The program for Day one of the Research Community Forum is set out below:

July 24 2019    
Time Speaker Topic
8.30am OHRP/NWABR Representatives to be confirmed Welcome and Opening Remarks
8.45am OHRP Representative to be confirmed Applying the Regulations
OHRP staff will engage the audience in considering how the HHS regulations are applied, particularly with regard to changes in the exemption categories.
10.00am Break*  
10.15am OHRP Representative to be confirmed Secondary Research with Data and Biospecimens
OHRP staff will focus on options for conducting secondary research activities under the revised Common Rule, including relevant changes to exemptions.
11.15am Break*  
11.30am OHRP Representative to be confirmed What’s New in Informed Consent
OHRP staff will discuss the improvements to and flexibilities in informed consent.
12.30pm Networking Lunch*  
1.30pm Jessica Ridpath, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute Incorporating Plain Language into Informed Consent Documents
Ms. Ridpath will engage the audience in discussion about and training in plain-language writing related to the technical information in informed consent documents
3.00pm Break*  
3.15pm OHRP Representative to be confirmed Informed Consent: Putting it into Practice
This interactive session will discuss the informed consent process, and focus on how to increase understandability of information to support good decision making. Discussion will include organizational tips and key information requirements.
4.00pm Wrap-up and Q&A  
4.15pm RCF Workshops Close and Happy Hour*  

The program for Day two of Research Community Forum is set out below:

July 25 2019    
Time Speaker Topic
7.45am Reps from Advarra, Quorum, WIRB and OHRP Welcome from Sponsors
7.55am Ken Gordon Who is NWABR and Why NWABR provides IRB Conferences 
8.00am Mark Barnes, JD - Ropes & Gray LLP Keynote Address:
Regulatory and Ethical Challenges in “Big Data” Research:  U.S. and International Perspectives 
9.00am OHRP Speaker Update on Common Rule
9.45am Break*  
10.00am Christian Westby, PhD - Quorum Review IRB St. Kitts Live Herpes Vaccine trial - what went wrong

Brad Wilken, MPH, MBA  - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (TBC)

also Potential Breakout Session

Clinical Research in Emergencies

Michele Russell-Einhorn, JD - Advarra

also Potential Breakout Session

Re-envisioning the definition of private identifiable information in the information age


There will be a 1/2 hour Q and A with the Feds session during lunch from 12.30 to 1.00pm.


Rebecca Dresser, JD - Washington University in St. Louis, and
Keith Eaton, MD, PhD  - University of Washington


also Potential Breakout Session

What Patients (or Participants or Subjects) Can Teach Us about Research Ethics”, or

Learning about Research Ethics from Patients (or Participants or Subjects)
2.45pm Break*  
3.00pm Patrick M. Carter, MD - University of Michigan The IRB's role in Research on Gun Violence
4.00pm Jan Hewett - FDA (TBC) A dialogue with the FDA. 
5.00pm Closure and Happy Hour"  

Please note:  The above programs are still subject to change.

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


Final note: Planning is also underway to run three breakout sessions on July, 25, 2019 for those attendees that wish to go into more detail on various aspects of the role of the IRB committees.  This information will be included once all workshop speakers are confirmed.

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 register for one or both days and a discount is offered for a both day registration.  Staff members of NWABR Member organizations also receive an additional discount on registration.

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 2019 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). 


Quorum is most preferred central IRB. Clients benefit from reduced fulfillment time, the largest offering of complimentary study support services, harmonized IRB and IBC review, API integrations, industry-leading eConsent, and research consulting services.

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. 



2019 Research Community Forum Rates
  July 24 Workshop Only Rate July 25 IRB Conference Rate
    Early Bird (Prior to April 1, 2019) Regular Rate Ten or More Attendee Rate Discount if registering for both days
Staff and Committee Members of NWABR Member Organizations $125 $299 $349 $294 10%
Non Members $125 $424 $474 N/A 10%


The designated hotel for the Research Community Forum is the Courtyard Seattle North/Lynnwood Everett.  We have rooms set aside for conference attendees with all rooms meeting the requirments for the Government rate of $138 per night.  Guests will receive free complimentary breakfast, free wi-fi, shuttle service to the Convention Center.  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 the hotel is:

Book your group rate for Northwest Association of Biomedical Research



CIP  - Conference sessions that meet the criteria in the Certified IRB Professional (CIP) recertification guidelines are eligible for accredited CIP continuing education credits. We anticipate that up to 14 hours of eligible credit can be earned for full participation in this two-day program.

ACRP - An application will be made for CE contact hours for Maintenance of ACRP’s CCRC®, CCRA®, CCTI® or CPI® certification designations.  We anticipatee that up to 14 hours of credit will be available for full participation in the two-day program.

MCLE - An application will be made for MCLE credits from the WA State Bar Association.



If you are 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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