Research Community Forum Conference Partners



Join NWABR and its conference partners, Quorum Review IRB, the WIRB-Copernicus Group and Advarra as we host in conjunction with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) a two-day Research Community Forum which will include NWABR's one day IRB Conference.  The dates for the Research Communty Forum are July 24 and 25, 2019.  This progam will be hosted in the Lynnwood Convention Center Lynnwood, WA.

This program will have two key parts.  Day one of the Research Community Forum will be led by OHRP and will provide an opportunity for small group and workshop discussions that will help attendees as they operationalize their IRB programs under the new Common Rule. The program for Day one of the Research Community Forum is set out below:

Please note: Day 1 is now sold out - please contact Ken Gordon (206 957-3337) if you wish to be considered for a waitlist for this day.  Please note at this stage it is likely that no further spots will be available for this day.  There are still approximately 10 open spots for Day 2.

July 24, 2019 8:30am – 4:15pm  





CE Hours


Registration Opens


Light Breakfast and Refreshments Available



Welcome and Opening Remarks




8.45am to 10.00am

Applying the Regulations


Misti Ault Anderson, MS, MA.  Senior Advisor for Public Health Education in the Division of Education and Development of the HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).

OHRP staff will engage the audience in considering how the HHS regulations are applied, particularly with regard to changes in the exemption categories.

1 ¼ hours




Refreshments Available


10.15am to 11.15am

Secondary Research with Data and Bio-specimens


Yvonne Lau, MBBS, MBHL, PhD.  Director of the Division of Education and Development at OHRP.

OHRP staff will focus on options for conducting secondary research activities under the revised Common Rule, including relevant changes to exemptions.

1 hour




Refreshments Available


11.30am to 12.30pm

What’s New in Informed Consent


Misti Ault Anderson, MS, MA.

OHRP staff will discuss the improvements to and flexibilities in informed consent.

1 hour

12.30pm to 1.30pm

Networking Lunch


Lunch and refreshments provided


1.30pm to 3.00pm

Incorpo-rating Plain Language into Informed Consent Documents


Sean Horkheimer, Regulatory Chair, WCG - Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB)


This session will engage the audience in discussion about and training in plain-language writing related to the technical information in informed consent documents

1 ½ hours




Refreshments Available


3.15pm to 4.00pm

Informed Consent: Putting it into Practice


Yvonne Lau, MBBS, MBHL, PhD.

This interactive session will discuss the informed consent process, and focus on how to increase understandability of information to support good decision making. Discussion will include organizational tips and key information requirements.


¾ hours


Wrap-up and Q&A


This session will close out the RCF

¼ hours


RCF Workshop Closes and Happy Hour




July 24, 2019 6:15pm-8:30pm Need more?  Join us for a moving public lecture "When a Researcher Becomes a Patient" featuring IRB speakers Rebecca Dresser, JD and Keith Eaton, MD, PhD. Download PDF here. Register for public lecture here.

July 25, 2019 8:00am to 5:00pm  





CE Hours


Registration Opens


Light Breakfast and Refreshments Available



Welcome and Opening Remarks




8.00am to 9.00am

Keynote Address:
Regulatory and Ethical Challenges in “Big Data” Research: U.S. and International Perspectives.

Mark Barnes, JD.  Ropes & Gray LLP

As it becomes cheaper to collect, store, and re-analyze large datasets, it has become clear that informed consent at the beginning of research cannot adequately capture the possible benefits and (potentially unknown) risks of consenting to the uses of one’s data.  This presentation will outline the ethical challenges posed by Big Data in human subjects’ research and both US and international perspectives being addressed.

1 hours

9.00am to 9.45am

Update on Common Rule

Lauren Hartsmith (OHRP)

The new Common Rule was fully effective as from January 20, 2019.  In this session OHRP staff will update the progress that they are seeing in relation to the implementation of the CR and highlight areas that may still need to be further addressed.

¾ hours




Refreshments Available


10.00am to 10.30am

St. Kitts Live Herpes Vaccine trial - what went wrong

Christian Westby, PhD.  IRB Vice Chair Scientific and Expedited Review at Quorum Review IRB/Advarra

The St. Kitts Live Vaccine Trials highlighted the risks associated with an ambitious researcher and potential oversight gaps with certain “international” studies.  This presentation will examine both what went wrong with the oversight of this experiment and consider how an IRB could have brought this work back under control.


½ hour

10.30am to 11.30am

Ethical and practical issues in conducting research during a bioemergency

Bruce Gordon, M.D., Professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Research during natural bioemergencies (such Ebola virus disease in western and central Africa) pose unique challenges for institutional review boards. Such situations raise require careful consideration of informed consent, confidentiality, fair subject selection, risk-benefit, study design and independent review.  IRBs (and investigators) must balance the necessity to develop and test potential treatments with the need to protect the rights and welfare of subjects of the research.

1 hour

10.30am to 11.30am


Breakout Session

The new Common Rule

Meghan Scott, BA.  The Assistant Director of the Institutional Review Office at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch).

Tools and techniques for IRB operations under the changes to the Common Rule


11.30am to noon

Re-envisioning the definition of private identifiable information in the information age

Michele Russell-Einhorn, JD.   Chief Compliance Officer and Institutional Official for Advarra

Re-envisioning the definition of private identifiable information in the information age.

½ hour

11.30am to 12.30pm


Breakout Session

Small Research Programs

Andrea McDowell, PhD.  IRB Administrator and Business Communication Lecturer at Seattle University.

Challenges and Opportunities for Institutions with Small Research Programs


Noon to 1.00pm



Lunch and refreshments available


12.30pm to 1.00pm

Ask the Feds – Lunch session

OHRP Staff

This lunchtime session will be a moderated Q & A with representatives from OHRP.  Attendees will be encouraged to write questions in advance of the session.

½ hour

1.15pm to 2.45pm

Keynote address:

What Patients (or Participants or Subjects) Can Teach Us about Research Ethics

Rebecca Dresser, JD - Washington University in St. Louis, and Keith Eaton, MD, PhD  - University of Washington.

This co-presented session will consider the impacts of research on patients from the perspective of two renowned speakers who have been involved in research and have had significant experience, also, as patients who are in clinical trials.

1 ½ hours

1.15pm to 2.45pm


Breakout Session

Small group discussion for IRB Leaders

David Forster, JD, MA, CIP.  Chief Compliance Officer, Office of Compliance for both Western Institutional Review Board and Copernicus Group Independent Review Board.

Facilitated discussion for IRB Leaders





Refreshments provided


3.00pm to 4.00pm

The IRB's role in Research on Gun Violence

Patrick M. Carter, MD - University of Michigan

For many years in the United States research and training in the field of firearm injury prevention has been essentially absent.  The speaker is part of a collaboration aimed at providing data to fill this critical knowledge gap.  This presentation will both outline this vital work and also consider the IRB’s role in this realm which crosses historical, social behavioral and medical research fields.


1 hour

4.00pm to 5.00pm

ClinicalTrials.gov requirements

 Jan Hewett - FDA

The session will review and discuss the FDA’s role and responsibilities with ClinicalTrials.gov

1 hour


Conference closes and Happy Hour


Refreshments provided


Please also note: * Food and beverages provided courtesty of NWABR, WIRB, Quorum, Advarra.  OHRP does not support these portions of the event. 

The Research Community Froum and IRB Conference will be held at the Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood WA.  Lynnwood is 15 miles north of Seattle.

Attendees can register for one or both days and a discount is offered for a both day registration.  Staff members of NWABR Member organizations also receive an additional discount on registration.

Attendees can expect a comprehensive program addressing the challenges faced by human subjects' researchers and the ethics review community.  From the discussion of emerging consent models to workshops on practical protocol and consent development, this conference offers a curriculum for all levels.

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE 2019 Research Community Forum?

  • IRB chairs, members, administrators and staff
  • Medical doctors, registered nurses and other staff involved in clinical research
  • Regulatory affairs and compliance/oversight personnel
  • Scientists and ethicists
  • Sponsors and contract and research organization staff involved in developing, managing or administering informed consent





OHRP provides leadership in the protection of the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of human subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 


Quorum is most preferred central IRB. Clients benefit from reduced fulfillment time, the largest offering of complimentary study support services, harmonized IRB and IBC review, API integrations, industry-leading eConsent, and research consulting services.

WIRB or WCG 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.



Advarra is the premier provider of integrated IRB, IBC and global research compliance consulting services in North America. They provide customized, dedicated services for research institutions and are fully sIRB ready. 



2019 Research Community Forum Rates
  July 24 Workshop Only Rate July 25 IRB Conference Rate
    Early Bird (Prior to April 1, 2019) Regular Rate Ten or More Attendee Rate Discount if registering for both days
Staff and Committee Members of NWABR Member Organizations Sold Out - $125 $299 $349 $294 10%
Non Members Sold out - $125 $424 $474 N/A 10%


The designated hotel for the Research Community Forum is the Courtyard Seattle North/Lynnwood Everett.  The available rooms at this hotel at the government and other discounted rates have now all been booked.  New bookings at this hotel are likely to be $274 per night.  There is a shuttle service to the Convention Center but this cannot be guaranteed as registrations have exceeded expectations.  A typical cab fare from the hotel to the convention center is less than $10.00.  Walking the distance is 0.7 miles.  Rooms will be available from July 23, 2019 through July 27, 2019 and bookings must be completed by June 23, 2019.  The registration link for this hotel is:

Book your group rate for Northwest Association of Biomedical Research


Other Accomodations

NWABR has made an alternative arrangement with Homewood Suites by Hilton Lynnwood Seattle Everett.  These rates are available through to July 9, 2019.  The following link will take you to the Homewood Suites site.

Book your group rate with Homewood Suites.



CIP  - The CIP Council has approved this conference for the following CIP recertification credits.  Attendance on day one of the conference has been approved for 5 3/4 hours of CIP Credits.  Attendance on day two has been approved for 7 3/4 hours of CIP Credits.  Attendance for both days has been approved for 13 1/2 hours of CIP Credits.

ACRP - ACRP has approved attendance at this event for up to 13.50 contact hours of clinical research-related education on applications for Maintenance of ACRP’s CCRC®, CCRA®, CPI® or ACRP-CP® certification designations.

MCLE - The WA State MCLE Board has approved attendance at the full two day RCF for 8.5 Law and Legal Credits and 6.5 Other Credits for a maximum total of 13.5 Credits (Activity ID: 1101578).  The Ask the Feds Session on July 25, 2019 is not eligible for MCLE Credit.  All sessions are approved for L&L Credit except for the following sessions which are approved for Other Credits:

  • Incorporating Plain Language into Informed Consent Documents;
  • St. Kitts Live Herpes Vaccine trial - what went wrong;
  • Clinical Research in Emergencies;
  • The New Common Rule (breakout session);
  • Re-envisioning the definition of private identifiable information in the information age;
  • Small Research Programs (breakout session);
  • Facilitated discussion for IRB Leaders (breakout session); and
  • The IRB's role in Research on Gun Violence.

Transportation & Parking

Getting to Lynnwood

Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) is the primary commercial airport serving the Seattle metropolitan area.  The Lynnwood Convention Center and the conference hotel are approximately 30 miles North from SeaTac.  Depending on traffic this is approximately a 30 – 45 minute car ride.   Amtrak King Street Station and the downtown light rail services are each approximately 16 miles from the Convention Center/hotel.

Airport Taxi and Ride Share

A taxi between SeaTAC and the hotel is approximately $60 - $85 one-way (ride sharing may be less depending on provider). Upon your arrival at the airport, follow the signs for taxi and ride-share pick-up locations.

Airport Shuttle

Shuttle Express is offering conference attendees discounted rates on shuttle and private car services.  Book online (discount will show on confirmation once payment is processed; discounted rates range from $30-60 depending on service).


Parking at the conference hotel and at the Lynnwood Convention Center are both free.

Driving Directions 

To Courtyard Seattle North/Lynnwood Everett:

From SeaTac Airport, follow signs to all freeways. Take I-5 North for 26 miles, through Seattle. Take Exit 181-A, take a left at the exit light onto 44th Ave W. Proceed under freeway and take a right onto 200th St. SW/Alderwood Mall Blvd., the second light. Hotel driveway is 1/2 block on the right.

To Lynnwood Convention Center:

From SeaTac Airport, follow signs to all freeways.  Take I-5 North for 26 miles, through Seattle. Take Exit 181-B (Alderwood Mall), take left onto Poplar Way (first light), take left onto 196th Street.  Drive West over the freeway one block to the Convention Center on the right.



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If you are also interested in sponsoring the RCF/IRB Conference or being a Vendor for the event please contact Ken Gordon at (206) 957-3337.






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