2024 Portland Clinical Research Professional Virtual Conference

Save the Date:     Friday, May 10, 2024

Time:     8.00am to 4.30pm

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REGISTration will open in march

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 "Addressing the Roadblocks to Diversity in Research." 

confirmed sessions and speakers

Morning Keynote: Health Literacy & Systemic Racism: Using Clear Communication to Enhance Equity in Clinical Research, presented by Clifford Coleman, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

Afternoon Keynote: Federal Changes to Regulations/Guidelines Pertaining to Clinical Research, with a Special Focus on Engaging Diverse and Underserved Populations, presented by Emily Gebbia, JD, FDA/CDER/OC/OSI



Speaker Name

Main Auditorium


Conference Opens

Melissa Tribelhorn, MPA - NWABR

Kitt Swartz, MPH, CCRP - OHSU

Ray Robles, MBA, CCRP - OHSU


Morning Keynote: Health Literacy and Systemic Racism: Using Clear Communication to Enhance Equity in Clinical Research

Clifford Coleman, MD, MPH - OHSU




Data & Racism: An introduction to data equity frameworks, with a focus on the We All Count Data Equity Framework

Jodi Lapidus, PhD & Mohammed Adibuzzaman, PhD - OHSU




The Importance of Translations in Recruiting & Retaining Non-English Speakers in CTs

Leanne Woehlke – Transperfect Life Sciences


Lunch/Long Break


Afternoon Keynote: Updates on FDA Policies & Initiatives Pertaining to Clinical Research, with a Special Focus on Engaging Diverse and Underserved Populations            

Emily Gebbia, JD – U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of Compliance, Office of Scientific Investigations




D&I Strategic Partnerships: Creating a Representative Workforce while Diversifying Patient Enrollment

Mackenzie Cooper - Medix & Kate Marusina, PhD, MBA – UC Davis




Stewardship of Patient Data from Consents & HIPAA/Compliance to Cybersecurity & Storage

Darshita Sheith - Providence


Conference Closes





Happy Hour Discussion Rooms

1.       Getting patients from exam rooms into CTs more quickly

Happy Hour Discussion Facilitators

2.       Sarah Winter, MSW, LICSW - CND Life Sciences & Parkinson’s patient




Breakout Sessions


Smart IRB Agreement Version 3.0

Jeremy Lavigne, MA, CIP, Polly Good, CIP – Harvard University


The Importance of Patient Perspective in CTs

Danuel Hamlin, BS, CCRC, AE-C -Velocity Medford


Coverage Analysis

Allison Mongan & Amanda Miller - WCG


An Overview of Software Tools for Patient Consent

Karl Eckler - Providence



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.

CE Credits

NWABR has applied for the following CE credits:

  • The CIP Council 

  • The Association of Clinical Research Professionals 
  • The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA)
    • 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. The 2024 CRP Conference offers up to 6.0 hours of CE credit.   To obtain a SOCRA Certificate of Attendance, please contact patrick@pinkdx.com with your request for recertification credits; please include the presentations attended during the conference.

Registration opens in march


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.


For more information about this conference or if you are interested in being a speaker, vendor or sponsor at the conference please contact Melissa Tribelhorn: Phone - 206 957-3337;  Email - melissa@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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