2022 Portland Clinical Research Professional Virtual Conference


Date:     Wednesday, May 4, 2022 

Time:     7.45am to 5pm (this is an approximate time only)  


NWABR, the Oregon Health and Sciences University, the Oregon Chapter of SOCRA and the Pacific Northwest Chapter of ACRP invite you to attend our fifth 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 full conference program is included below.  All sessions will be recorded and these recordings will be shared with registered attendees following the conference. 

Time Main Auditorium   Breakout 1 - HR/FERPA Focus Breakout 2 - Basics Focus
Time Speaker(s) Topic Speaker(s) Topic Speaker(s) Topic
7.15am Ken Gordon

Jesse Null

Renee Cook
Formal Conference Opening        
7.30am Niecy Duncan Opening Keynote
Diversity in Research
8.30am   Break        
8.45am Ling Yang, MD, PhD FDA’s BIMO Program and GCP inspections Donielle O'Connor, MEd Staff Engagement, Growth, and Retention Lindsay Chandler, BA, CCRP Study feasibility, analysis and best practices
9.45am   Break        
10.00am TJ Billard, PhD Conducting Research with Transgender Populations: Methodological and Ethical Considerations David Holmgren, MS

Kitt Swartz, MPH, CCRP

Nicole Sharma
Onboarding staff during Covid Ray Robles, MBA, CCRP

Kristin Stiller, MHA, CCRP
Clinical Research Budgeting Basics
11.00am   Break        
11.15am Hallie Kassan, MS, CIP

Challace Pahlevan-Ibrekic, MBE, CIP
Beyond E-Consent Nalinee Patin, CIP Understanding and Applying Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Bridget Adams, MS, CCRA A Primer on Informed Consent
12.15pm   Long Break        
12.45pm John Reites Afternoon Key Note:
Co-creation of Global Decentralized Clinical Research at Scale
1.45pm   Break        
2.00pm Lindsey Dunn Burgstahler

Jesse Null

Roshanthi Weerasinghe, MPH 
Leveraging Data for Health Care Innovation     Peggy Warnock Essentials of data reconstruction for clinical trials
3.00pm   Break        
3.15pm Anne Browning, PhD, MA Resilience and Well-Being: Building Strength for the Road Ahead        
4.15pm   Break        
4.30pm Blake Adams Closing Key Note:
Centralized Remote Monitoring
5.30pm Ken Gordon
Jesse Null
Renee Cook
Conference Close        


This conference is run in conjunction with Research Week at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).  OHSU has decided that due to the spike in cases of the Omicron variant, and because of the potential of new variants, all Research Week activities will be now conducted remotely. 

Attendees for the Portland Clinical Research Professional Conference will be able to attend the full event through virtual options provided by the GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar platforms.


CE Credits

NWABR has applied for/been approved for the following CE credits:

  • The CIP Council has reviewed this program and determined that the following Conference sessions are eligible for up to 5 hours of CIP Recertification credits: Diversity in Research; FDA’s BIMO Program and GCP inspections; Conducting Research with Transgender Populations: Methodological and Ethical Considerations; Beyond E-Consent; and Leveraging Data for Health Care Innovation.

  • The Association of Clinical Research Professionals has approved this event for 8.0 contact hours of clinical research-related education on applications 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. This program offers 8.0 hours of CE credit. To obtain a SOCRA Certificate of Attendance, please contact Patrick.Pattee@BIOTRONIK.com with your request for recertification credits, please include the presentations attended during the conference.

Please Register Here

We encourage early registration to allow for planning.


Virtual Attendee Fees:  Fees for Virtual Attendees have been set at $45 for NWABR, ACRP and SOCRA members/staff and $85 for non-members.

The generous sponsorship of this event received from the Oregon Alliance of Clinical Researchers means that all OHSU staff can register for free.  OHSU Staff Members should use the code OHSUSTAFF to receive their free place.  

All registered attendees will receive a conference pack, slides and access to all conference recordings.


NWABR wishes to acknowledge the following sponsors of this conference.  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.



WCG IRB provides the highest quality ethical reviews of clinical research protocols and studies with more than 50 years of experience and more than 200 members on its 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 LinkedIn.


Florence connects clinical research and is the industry leader in electronic document management and remote site access. Over 10,000 research sites in 44 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.


THREAD is a leading provider of a proprietary, decentralized research platform and suite of supporting services used by biopharma, CROs and life science organizations to remotely capture data from participants and sites during, in-between and in lieu of in-clinic visits. THREAD’s platform and supporting services are helping customers to shorten study launch timelines, reduce study budgets with Virtual Visits, and bring studies from the clinic to patients’ homes. THREAD provides key platform features such as eConsent, eCOA / ePRO, sensors, reminders, and telehealth Virtual Visits to support remote data capture, hybrid virtual studies, and fully decentralized studies in key therapeutic areas. In 2019, THREAD was acquired by strategic health care investors Water Street Healthcare Partners and JLL Partners. Visit www.THREADresearch.com to learn more.


For more information about this conference or if you are interested in being a speaker, vendor or sponsor at the conference please contact Ken Gordon: Phone - 206 957-3337;  Email - executivedirector@nwabr.org.

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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