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.

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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  • 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 will be made to the CIP Council for CIP recertification credits.  
  • ACRP - An application will be made to ACRP for clinical research-related education credits for Maintenance of ACRP’s CCRC®, CCRA®, CPI® or ACRP-CP® certification designations.
  • MCLE - An application will be 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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