2023 Portland Clinical Research Professional Virtual Conference


Date:     Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Time:     8.00am to 4.30pm (this is an approximate time only)  


NWABR, the Oregon Health and Sciences University, and the Oregon Chapter of SOCRA 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

As the full conference program is confirmed it will be shared below.  The theme of this year's conference is "Meeting the Challenges of an Evolving Clinical Trial Research Ecosystem". 

The following is a draft of the program for the conference, please note speaker times may change.  

Time Main Auditorium   Breakout 1  
Time Speaker(s) Topic Speaker(s) Potential Topics
7.30am Ken Gordon
Ray Robles
Kitt Swartz
Renee Cook
Formal Conference Opening    
7.45am Keisha D. Robinson, MBA, MPM Keynote:
Diversity in Research
8.45am   Break    
9.00am Jody Ingebritsen-Howe Clinical Trial Agreements Ekta Grewal Sikhs in Clinical Research
10.00am   Break    
10.15am Kristin Surdam, MS, PMP, CCRC Investigator Initiated Trials  James Riddle Data Safety Monitoring Boards
11.15am   Break    
11.30am Laurie Muldowney, MD Keynote:
Updates from the FDA
Amanda Miller Coverage Analysis Essentials
12.30pm   Long Break    
1.00pm Beau Bruneau Interactive Clinical Trials Knowledge Quiz David Hammond, MS, CPT Case Report Form Creation
2.00pm   Break    
2.15pm Neil Bailey, MSc
Krish Patel, MD
What you need to know about Cellular Therapy Trials Amy Greathouse Regulatory Binders
3.15pm   Break    
3.30pm Joseph Parks The Importance of the Patients Perspective in Clinical Trials Carly Marten
Christine Suver
Data sharing
4.30pm Ken Gordon
Ray Robles
Kitt Swartz
Renee Cook
Conference Close    


VIRTUAL ATTENDANCE ONLY with Option for an In Person post Conference Networking Event

This conference is run in conjunction with Research Week at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).  OHSU has a policy of either supporting virtual events or in person events.  OHSU discourages hybrid events due to equity concern that arise for virtual attendees who cannot receive the same full conference experience as in-person attendees. 

The Planning Committee for this conference has given serious consideration to the OHSU policy and has accordingly decided to hold this conference fully virtually. 

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

NWABR will be hosting an off-campus networking event on the evening of May 3, 2023, and details in relation to this event will be sent to all registrants approximately one week prior to the conference.

CE Credits

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

  • The CIP Council has approved 4 hours of CIP Recertification Credits for attendance of the following conference sessions:  Keisha D. Robinson, Diversity in Research; Laurie Muldowney, Updates from the FDA; Joseph Parks, The Importance of the Patients Perspective in Clinical Trials; and Carly Marten and Christine Suver, Data Sharing.

  • The Association of Clinical Research Professionals has approved this conference for 6.0 contact hours of clinical research-related education on applications for Maintenance of ACRP’s CCRC®, CCRA®, CPI® or ACRP-CP® certification designations.  Attendees are able to self-report these credit hours.  ACRP has provided the following video link to show how to add your CE credits to your ACRP account:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kNVhuu3gIo&t=13s
  • 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 7.0 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 just $10.00 each.  OHSU Staff Members should use the code OHSU to receive their discounted 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 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 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.wcgclinical.com or follow us on LinkedIn.


The Andy Hill Cancer Research Endowment (CARE) Fund invests in public and private entities to promote cancer research in Washington. Through research grants and strategic partnerships, the CARE Fund aims to improve health outcomes by advancing transformational research in the prevention and treatment of cancer. The CARE Fund is proud to support increasing diversity in clinical trials and eliminating disparities in outcomes.


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.


Conducting clinical trials is an essential part of developing new pharmaceuticals and medical devices. With the large range and volume of studies required today, the field offers plenty of career opportunities for applying your skills to make a significant impact on our medical system.

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the concepts that guide the design and implementation of different types of clinical trials. We’ll study the fundamental scientific, ethical, regulatory and economic principles connected with biomedical research. You’ll also explore the ethics involved in clinical trials, including the protection of human subjects and the integrity of data.



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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