2021 Portland Clinical Research Professional Virtual Conference


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

DATE: May 5, 2021

TIME: 7.45AM 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 third 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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference will be held virtually.  The full conference program is being developed and will be available below as the various keynote and breakout session presenters are confirmed.  All sessions will be recorded and links will also be shared to these recordings following the conference.  Confirmed speakers and topics for the conference include:

Time Main Auditorium Breakout 1 Breakout 2 Breakout 3
    Theme: Remote Clinical Trials Theme: Workforce development Theme:  CRP 101
7.45am Conference Open and Introductions      
8.15am Opening Keynote
Ken Getz
Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development
The Future of Clinical Trials in Light of the Pandemic
9.15am Break Break Break Break
9.30am Cirila Estela Vasquez Guzman
D3: Achieving Equity and Diversity, through Dismantling, Decolonizing, and Deconstructing Racism in Research
Kathryn Schuff and LeAnn Michaels
E-Consent: Implications for IRBs, and
Clinical Trial Conduct
Brenda Ruotolo
Nathalia Henry-Whitely
Staff engagement: Supporting your greatest assets.
David Holmgren, Kalindi Allen, and Kara Drolet
IRB 101 and Responsible Conduct of Research
10.30am Break Break Break Break
11.00am Ran Goldman
Ethical Considerations in Neonatal Research
Dave Sjolin and Ian Greenfield
Outside-In, Leveraging Technology Wins from Non-Healthcare Industries
Eric Smith, Jefferson Smith and Ken Getz
The Human Subject Podcast – Communicating a Common Vision 
Paul Newton
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Consent Form
Noon Break Break Break Break
1.00pm Afternoon Keynote:
Stephanie Kraft
Seattle Children's Research Institute
Navigating Ethics - What we have learned from the Pandemic
2.00pm Break Break Break Break
2.30pm Luke Gelinas and Meredith Zauflik
Digital Recruitment in the time of COVID-19
Ryan Sinit, Molly Krancari, and Tiffani Howard
Remote trial management
Bridget Adams
Onboarding, Orientation and Ongoing Training

Jeff Oltmann      Planning Workflow and managing risks for Clinical Trials

3.30pm Break Break Break Break
3.45pm Closing Keynote:
W. Parker Nolen
The Key Role of Research During a Pandemic
4.45pm Conference Wrap-up      
5.00pm Conference Close      



As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference will be presented entirely virtually.  Registered attendees will receive the final program a week prior to the event.  There will be a series of GoToWebinar and GoToMeeting 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.  Attendees can enable their cameras and microphones in the smaller breakout sessions so as to allow dialogue with presenters.

CE Credits

Once the program is finalized NWABR will seek the following CE credits:

  • The CIP Council has reviewed this program and determined that the following Conference sessions are eligible for CIP Recertification credits: Navigating Ethics—What We Have Learned from the Pandemic, Digital Recruitment in the Time of COVID-19, E-Consent Implications for IRBs, Key Role of Research During a Pandemic, Human Subjects Podcast, Remote Trial Management.
  • The Association of Clinical Research Professionals clinical research-related education on for Maintenance of ACRP’s CCRC®, CCRA®, CPI® or ACRP-CP® certification designations (Please note:  the ACRP CEUs will be free for members of ACRP, however there will be a $50 processing fee for non-members).
  • The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) accepts documentation of candidate participation in continuing education programs for recertification if the program is applicable to clinical research regulations, operations or management, or to the candidate’s clinical research therapeutic area. 

Please Register Here

We encourage early registration to allow for planning.

Costs:  Due to the switch to the virtual conference the cost for this one-day conference has been discounted to $45 for NWABR, ACRP and SOCRA members/staff and $85 for non-members.  Staff members from OHSU will be able to register for free by using the code OHSUSTAFF.  These free registrations are made possible through the generous sponsorship received from the Oregon Alliance of Clinical Researchers.  All registered attendees will receive a conference pack, slides and access to all conference recordings.


NWABR wishes to acknowledge the following sponsors of these conferences.  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:

The mission of the Oregon Alliance of Clinical Researchers is to provide clinical research education and support  for the public, elected officials, the  media, manufacturers, vendors, service  providers and academic partners. We  focus on defining clinical research in easily understandable terms that educate  all about the instrumental role that our  industry plays in healthcare and the  economy. The safety of our patients is our  profession’s top priority. Our goal is to be  recognized nationally and internationally  as a leader in patient care, innovation and collaboration for the benefit of our  patients.

Learn more at ORClinicalResearch.com 


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.


Florence connects clinical research and is the industry leader in electronic document management and remote site access. Over 8500 research sites in 34 countries and thousands of sponsors and CROs collaborate on its network. Its platform of products includes Florence eBinders: Industry-standard Electronic Investigator Site File, Florence eHub: Remote site access and collaboration tool for sponsors and CROs for start-up, monitoring, site management, and SDR/V, Florence eTMF: Centralized Trial Master File solution of choice for emerging sponsors. To learn about Florence, visit www.florencehc.com.


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.


Tryl combines a world-class user experience, behavioral science, and real-time data to make clinical trials faster, more cost efficient, and more accurate. Proven behavioral techniques like design thinking, empathy, and social proof increase study compliance and guide participants through complex protocols to ensure that new therapies get to market quickly and efficiently.


Western Institutional Review Board 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.




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.    

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