Workshops

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

WS1: Fundamentals of Human Research Protections

This workshop includes a basic introduction to the principles underlying human research protections; the regulatory requirements for reviewing, conducting, and overseeing research with human subjects and the current issues facing the research enterprise. This workshop will look at human research protections in a historical context; the regulations that govern research with human subjects; and the structure and requirements of IRBs. Following an overview, the workshop will explore hot topics such as vulnerable populations, COI, noncompliance, among others.

Content level: Basic

Learning objectives:

  1. To learn the basic concepts regarding the use of human research subjects including the requirements of the Institutional Review Boards (IRBS).
  2. To identify current issues regarding research involving human subjects.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Jonathan Hunter, Higher Ed Consulting Manager, Huron Consulting and Maria Soliman, Director, LCI Research Administration, Carolinas HealthCare System

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

WS5: Guide to Clinical Trials Administration

Clinical trials are a rapidly changing field in research administration. Many of the skills needed to administer more traditional investigator initiated, grant funded research projects can be adapted to managing clinical trials. This teaching workshop will examine the basics of clinical trial administration from recruiting projects to archiving records, explore the differences between industry and federally funded studies, highlight special concerns and discuss best practices for managing clinical trials. A CD of useful documents, links and tools will be provided.

Certificate: CTRA 101-R

Content level: Basic

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify three milestones in the development of clinical research regulations and describe the importance of each.
  2. Identify three areas of special concern for sponsors, investigators and administrators of clinical research.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Bruce Steinert, PhD, CCRA, Director of Clinical Research, Midwestern Regional Medical Center

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:30pm

WS2: Proposal Budget Development: Building a Basic Grant Budget

Are you new to pre-award or do you feel overwhelmed when a Principal Investigator (PI) contacts you for help developing a budget? Then let us help you not only understand the fundamentals of creating an effective budget for both federal and private grants, but also give you tips and tricks for creating time-saving templates. We will discuss effort and the considerations needed to account for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) salary cap, the benefits of a detailed travel budget, and calculating the correct Facilities and Administration (F&A) base. Additionally, translating the budget to the budget justification will be discussed.

Certificate: PA-R

Content level: Basic

Learning objectives:

  1. Outline the major factors in an effective budget.
  2. Provide detail on the budget components most heavily reviewed by sponsors.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Erin Bhagvat, Research Administrator, University of South Florida and Dan Wojcik, Senior Research Administrator, University of Florida

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm

WS10: The Revitalization of a Clinical Research Office

In this presentation, Lisa will share her personal career journey with participants. Lisa joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Surgery-Office of Clinical Research (OCR) in March 2015. Lisa started with 3 staff members and has built the OCR team to 11 members currently. OCR has tripled the number of clinical trials activated and has developed streamlined processes for on-boarding new staff, training and professional development. Lisa and Ann will also share how they increased communication among our 200+ faculty members and the critical meetings that are scheduled to ensure transparency. We will also demonstrate how our office has transformed how we track coordinator effort, IRB compliance, and financials. 

Content level: Intermediate

Learning objectives:

  1. Evaluate clinical trial office status concerning screening, enrollment, financials, and trial to personnel ratio.
  2. Implement new ideas presented on the process of on-boarding new staff, training, and professional development to create a diverse team of clinical research experts.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Lisa Werning, BS, Director of Clinical Research, Department of Surgery and Ann Collura, Clinical Trials Accountant, Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison

WS9: Foundation Funding - Is It Enough, Easy, and Worth It?

Everyone needs to diversify their research funding. This workshop will concentrate specifically on finding appropriate foundations for funding. We’ll discuss differences in terminology, foundations’ different approach to indirect costs, and maintaining good relationships. Foundation staff that hold the proverbial purse strings will be on hand to discuss their practices, give tips, and offer actionable suggestions to make your proposal successful, while at the same time, help the foundations fulfill their mission. Whether your institution is rich or poor, in healthcare or agriculture, this session will help you be better prepared to seek and secure foundation funding.

Content level: Intermediate

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify possible sources of foundation funding.
  2. Know the differences between a foundation grant and a government grant.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Kevin Titus, MBA, Business Director, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

WS8: Proposal Development: Pre-award Overview

Pre-award research administrators are often called upon to provide training and to assist investigators with all aspects of proposal preparation and, therefore, need to have a basic knowledge of all the steps in the process. This workshop will cover the different types of proposals; how to read and interpret proposal guidelines; sections of the proposal: summary/abstract, problem/need statement, goals & objectives, methodology, evaluation, personnel, institutional resources, and timeline; and the importance of organization and presentation. While budget development is a key component of proposal preparation, that topic is the focus of a separate ½ day workshop so will not be covered in this session. I always strive to make my presentations as interactive as possible, so the session will incorporate hands-on individual and small group activities, and will encourage all participants to contribute their experiences and ask questions throughout. The intended audience is new pre-award research administrators who wish to gain a thorough understanding of the proposal development process.

Certificate: PA-R

Content level: Basic

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify the types of proposals, interpret and address proposal guidelines and understand their impact on proposal organization.
  2. List and describe the parts of a typical proposal and understand how their organization and placement affects the review process.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Anne Schauer, M.A., CRA, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, Miami University and Tabatha Lemke,  Grant Manager, Research Sanford Health

WS7: Nuts and Bolts of the Lifecycle of a Sponsored Project

The keys to having overall success as a research administrator include developing a wide array of skills. We all know that learning the daily tasks and understanding myriad federal regulations are important to successfully performing your job as a new research administration. What you may not realize though is that you also have to develop the right soft skills to really excel in this profession. Come to this session to explore ways to enhance your conversation skills, networking, customer service, and influence of others, and discover why learning the game of twister might come in handy.

Content level: Basic

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify ways to improve your conversation and communication skills.
  2. Develop a toolkit of skills to enhance your influence on others, networking and customer service.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Kim Carter, MPA, CRA, CPRA, CFRA, Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, University of Kentucky