2020 Portland Clinical Research Professional Conference


This conference will be presented entirely virtually through the GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar platforms.

DATE: May 6, 2020

TIME: 8.30AM TO 5:00PM 



NWABR, the Oregon Health and Sciences University, the Oregon Chapter of SOCRA and the Pacific Northwest Chapter of ACRP invite you to attend our second Clinical Research Professional Conference hosted from Portland OR.  This CRP conference is a key component of OHSU's Research Week.

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






Conference Program

The following is a working draft of the conference program, showing both confirmed speakers and those few sessions were the Planning Committee is still finalizing the program.  Due to the Corona virus response this conference will now be held virtually.  Conference registration fees have been discounted to reflect this change.  Attendees will be provided with GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar invitations so they can view all of the sessions.  These sessions will also be recorded and links will also be shared to these recordings following the conference.  


Main Auditorium

Breakout 1

Breakout 2

Breakout 3

Breakout 4


Welcome Remarks– Eric Smith, Dr. Jacobs, Rebeka McBride, and Ken Gordon






(60 min session)


Opening Plenary – Impact of Disruptive Change in Clinical Trials

Paul Evans, Velocity Clinical Research












(40 min session)

Ethics – learnings from the CRISPR babies

Erica Jonlin, University of Washington

Patient Centered Clinical trials

Stephanie Christopher, Providence

Management principles

Lindsay Chandler, OHSU

CT.gov compliance

John Hicks, OHSU


Basics of CR - IRB

Speaker TBC


(40 min session)


Corona Virus Updates

Marcel Curlin (OHSU)


Conducting Investigator-initiated trials 

Ayesha Batra, OHSU, and Dr. Lara Davis

Culture Change

Shirley Trainer-Thomas, and Heather Cody (Both Huron)


Lindsay Chandler and Bridget Adams (Both OHSU)

Basics of CR - RCR

Kathryn Schuff, OHSU

Noon Lunch







(60 min session)

Afternoon Plenary – Updates from FDA

Dr. Laurie Muldowney, FDA












(40 min session)

Improving trial startup

Beth Wilson and Eliana Turk (both OHSU)

Views on the Site Landscape

Jimmy Bechtel, SCRS

Integrating the eTMF and eISF: Why and Why Now

Jordan Tapley, Florence

Tech Innovations, 3 talks

1) Ian Greenfield, Tryl

2) Jacob Hicks, Biotronik

3) Andrew Kibler, Biotronik

Basics of CR - tracking

Anhaita Jamula, Evergreen Healtcare


(40 min session)


Competency based onboarding

Grace Wentzel, Abigail Wexner Research Institute

Modern Methods for Subject Recruitment

Meredith Zauflik, OHSU

Negotiation Skills

Bridget Adams, OHSU

Basics of CR - Financials

Bridget Gilbert-Ghormley and Heather Bengtson (Both OHSU)

3.45pm – 4.00pm







(60 min session)

Closing Plenary - Create Joy in Work: Happy, Healthy, Productive Research Teams

Michael R. Powers, OHSU






Closing remarks






Additional topics that will be covered by speakers will likely include:

  • Competency Based Onboarding
  • Diversity and recruitment
  • A full Basics of Clinical Research series aimed at new faculty.


As a result of the Corona Virus this conference will be presented entirely virtually.  Registered attendees will be sent the final program a week prior to the event.  There will be six GoTo Meeting links included in the program that will allow attendees to both see/hear presenters and also see the presenter’s slides.  Chat will be used to moderate questions for speakers for each of the live streams.

CE Credits

The conference planners will be be applying for the following CE credits for this conference:

  • CIP recertification credits. The CIP Council has approved the Erica Jonlin session only for CIP Recertification Credit.
  • The Association of Clinical Research Professionals CEs for maintenance of ACRP’s CCRC®, CCRA®, CPI® or ACRP-CP® certification designations.
  • The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA - www.SOCRA.org) recertification credits..

Please note: the ACRP CEUs are free for members of ACRP, however there is a $50 processing fee for non-members.  


Please Register Here

To assist with planning early registration is encouraged.

Costs:  Due to the switch to the virtual conference the cost for this one-day conference has been discounted to $55 for NWABR, OHSU, ACRP and SOCRA members/staff and $85 for non-members.  This fee covers a conference pack, slides and other background materials.

If you have previously paid the full fee for the conference you can contact NWABR for a $35 refund or to have that amount recorded as a tax free donation to NWABR.

It is noted that the first 100 staff members of OHSU were able to register for a heavily discounted rate ($10).  These 100 discounted seats have now been claimed, and subsequent OHSU registrants will need to access the $55 rate.  We wish to acknowledge the generous support from Oregon Alliance of Clinical Researchers that has allowed for the subsidized registration fees for OHSU staff.


We are recommending that people use the Hyatt House, 921 SW Sixth Ave, Portland OR for their conference accommodation.  This Hotel is fairly accessible to the conference venue.  You can find out more information about the hotel at: Hyatthouseportlanddowntown.com.  To book please call Kaylyn McClaflin (971-274-7115) and she will honor a special small group rate of $149 plus taxes for a standard room.  You call also email Kaylyn after office hours at: kaylyn.mcclaflin@hyatt.com.


Vendors, staff of NWABR member organizations and ACRP members receive significant conference discounts.  Please contact Ken Gordon (206 957-3337) for discount codes.  You can also email Ken at executivedirector@nwabr.org.

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.  

This conference is also made possible by the additional sponsorship provided by the following partners:







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