2020 IRB CONFERENCE - July 30, 2020

Join NWABR and its conference partners, the WIRB-Copernicus Group and Advarra as we host our annual IRB Conference on July 30, 2020.  We will feature presentations by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) as in years past. 

This program will be hosted in the Lynnwood Convention Center Lynnwood, WA.  Lynnwood is 15 miles north of Seattle.

CoronaVirus Impact on IRB Conference

At this stage NWABR is planning on hosting the IRB Conference as planned on July 30, 2020.

NWABR has reconfirmed the intention of all faculty to participate.  NWABR will also take all steps necessary, in conjunction with the Lynnwood Convention Center, to allow for adequate social distancing.

In the event that such gatherings are still being discouraged it is NWABR’s intention to convert this conference to a virtual gathering.  Attendees will be able to view all presentations live and those presentations will also be recorded for offline viewing by registered attendees.  This service will be offered through the GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar platforms.

NWABR will be checking with all CE providers to see whether credits can still be given for such a virtual conference.

If it is necessary to switch to a virtual conference all registered attendees will be offered both the option to attend virtually, with a partial refund, or to not attend, with a full refund.

As you can understand this is a rapidly moving situation and we will aim to keep you updated in relation to these potentially significant changes.

Conference Program

Main Auditorium

Breakout Sessions







Ken Gordon (NWABR)

David Forster JD, MA, CIP (WCG)

Michelle Russell-Einhorn JD (Advarra)

Formal Conference Open




Irene Stith-Coleman, Ph.D. (OHRP)

Clarifying the Rules





Lynn Rose, Ph.D. (Benaroya Research Institute)

Pre-submission meetings – preparing for your first encounter with FDA

David Forster JD, MA, CIP (WCG)

IRB Chairs Discussion







David Borasky, MPH, CIP (WCG)

Limited, Exempt and Expedited Review

Andrea McDowell PhD (Seattle University) and Sandy Martinez (Central Washington University)

Small IRB Programs


Michelle Russell-Einhorn (Advarra), and

Malia Fullerton (University of Washington)

Privacy and Human Subjects Research

Elyse Summers JD (AAHRPP)

Changes to AAHRPP Guidelines following the new Common Rule


Lunch (provided)





Benjamin C. Silverman MD (Partners Health Care System/Harvard Medical School)

Marijuana in Human Subjects Research

Julie Slayton JD, PhD (University of Southern California)

Challenging PIs


Luke Gelinas MA, PhD (Advarra)

Social Media and Human Subjects Research

Angela L. Bruch PhD (Capella University)

How to run a Virtual IRB meeting







Megan Doer MS, LGC (Sage Bionetworks)

Wearables in Human Subjects Research

Ran Goldman MD (University of British Columbia)

Ethical Considerations in Neonatal Research


Stephen Rosenfeld MD (IRB Consultant), and James Riddle MCSE, CIP, CPIA, CRQM (Advarra)

Big Data in Human Subjects Research

Hallie Kassan, MS, CIP (The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, Northwell Health)


How institutions are responding to SIRB


Conference Close and Happy Hour




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  • 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





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. 




NWABR has a block booking, compliant with government rates, with Homewood Suites by Hilton Lynnwood Seattle Everett, located at 18123 Alderwood Mall Pkwy, Lynnwood, WA 98037.  This location is a 1.5 miles from the actual conference venue and does offer a complimentary shuttle within 5 miles of the hotel. 

The following is a booking link for this hotel:  Homewood Suites by Hilton Lynnwood Seattle.  



  • CIP  - An application has been made to the CIP Council for CIP recertification credits.  
  • ACRP - Attendance at this event has been pre‐approved for up to 8.00 contact hours of clinical research-related education on applications for Maintenance of ACRP’s CCRC®, CCRA®, CPI® or ACRP-CP® certification designations.
  • MCLE - An application has beeen made to the WA State MCLE Board for MCLE Credit.  

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

NWABR will confirm shuttle services with Shuttle Express fees will range from $30-60 depending on the service chosen.


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

Driving Directions 

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. 


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







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