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NWABR Marched for Science in Seattle

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$50,000 Raised

You Did It!
We send our sincere thanks to the 58 donors who helped raise $25,000 over the last few months.  Because of their generosity, NWABR will now receive a $25,000 challenge grant from the Dean Witter Foundation.  These funds are already being used to increase the reach and diversity of students participating in NWABR's educational programs. This year alone the funds have provided:

  • Outreach to middle schools in Bremerton and Kent about the Biomedical Research and My Life essay, poster and video competition
  • Scholarship for upward bound  students attending NWABR's summer CampBioMed
  • Contributions to schools in Eastern WA that will allow them to fully participate in the BioExpo
If you did not have a chance to contribute to the challenge grant, there are two other opportunities to support NWABR's educational work during May: give BIG and the Speak Up for Research Gala.  Look below for more details!

giveBIG is here!!
Give Big is a program that is run locally by the Seattle Foundation.  Donors make a contribution to NWABR through the GiveBIG website on or before May 10, 2017 and the Seattle Foundation will match a portion of those donations to support our work to promote biomedical science in schools and to young people.

Learn more and giveBIG here
2017 Speak Up for Research Gala

At the May 25th Gala you will enjoy great food, fun activities like a wine toss and Dessert Dash and support the incredible member and education programs of NWABR.  This event is a low key fundraiser for NWABR and is a PERFECT opportunity to celebrate science!

When you attend the Gala on May 25th you will honor this year's Alvin J. Thompson Awardee, Dr. Steve Reed, founder and CEO of Seattle's own Infectious Disease Research Institute. At IDRI, Steve's work on intracellular infections and vaccine development & treatments for infectious diseases like tuberculosis and leishmaniasis ensure improved health in third world peoples. 

You will also honor Pride Foundation on behalf of Ric Weiland, this year's Buster and Nancy D. Alvord Awardee.  Ric tasked Pride Foundation with breathing life into his bequest to use science to make a difference for the LGBTQ community.  This award focuses on collaborations and ground breaking research made possible through Ric's bequest to ensure scientific, legal and cultural transformation around HIV.

How can I get a ticket to the Gala, you ask? 
  • Purchase one for $95 online
  • Make a donation through giveBIG and in the comments, note you want to attend the Gala
  • NWABR member organizations have a number of no-cost tickets for the Gala. If you want to join one of their tables, call Ken Gordon at 206-957-3337 to check availability.
Conferences and Events
Staying Ahead: Disruption & Ethics Review, Annual IRB Conference

The agenda is nearly complete for our July 13, 2017 Annual IRB Conference, co-presented  with Quorum Review IRB and WIRB.  Confirmed speakers and topics include:
  • Elizabeth Buchanan, PhD, Social disruption: Science, technology, research and paradigmatic shifts
  • Eslie Dennie, MD, Immuno-oncology: Disrupting traditional approaches to clinical trials and revolutionizing cancer care
  • Cheryl Grandinetti, Embracing electronic informed consent in the electronic age
  • Stephen Rosenfeld, MD and Jennifer Byrne, Clinical research vs. Clinical care: Blurring the lines
  • David Vulcano, Maintaining human subjects protections in today's changing healthcare environment (The non-OHRP/FDA stuff)
  • Darin Zehrung and Jane Cover, International product development research: Ethical and regulatory considerations
  • Gary Schwitzer, Errors of enthusiasm: Responsible communication and research findings
  • Ada Sue Selwitz, Implementing the sIRB Mandate: Implications for institutions
  • Jaime O. Hernandez, JD, MBe, Public Health Advisor, Overview of the Revised Common Rule
Register now, either for the full live conference or attending via webinar.  Early Bird discount ends May 30, 2017.
Live conference, NWABR member 
Live conference, group of 10+, 
NWABR member 
Live conference, non-member 
Webinar, group of 10+ 
Early Bird  $295  $240  $420   $100 $195 
Full Rate  $350  $295  $475   $150 $250 

See entire agenda, learn more and register 
Security and Crisis Communication Conference
Save the date! 

Our 4th Annual Security and Crisis Communications Conference will take place Thursday September 28, 2017 at Century Square in downtown Seattle.

New! Clinical Research Professional Conference
October 2, 2017 

Thank you to the 166 people who responded to our recent survey about offering a Clinical Research Professional Conference in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Association for Clinical Research Professionals (PNWACRP). We are proud to offer this new conference on Monday October 2, 2017 at Volney Auditorium at Virginia Mason Medical Center.

The newest of NWABR's conference lineup will address:
  • Communication for successful trials (site qualifications, start-up, ongoing activity and closeout)
  • Legal & Regulatory updates, e.g., single IRB and new rule, ICH E6 (R2)
  • Sponsor or FDA audits
  • Building and retaining quality programs, e.g., handoff's, amendments
  • E-consent and reconsent

Portland Community Conversation

Brain-computer interfaces: Ethical challenges and opportunities facilitated by Dr. Eran Klein, well-regarded neurologist-philosopher.

Brain-computer interface (BCI) research is wonderfully promising for applications in medicine--want to operate your wheelchair using your mind, learn about personality, talk to a computer without 'speaking'?--but this emerging technology is intertwined with ethical concerns.  Who owns this data? Who is responsible for malfunctioning BCI? Will those who use BCI be stigmatized? 

Monday May 8th at the Lucky Lab Pub
915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR

Learn more and register

Seattle Community Conversation

Read the blog from our March Conversation, The War on Drug Pricing: Innovation vs. Affordability.

When? May 30th "Sero-segregation: Access and Equity in HIV prevention and treatment", facilitated by Brian Minalga, Office of HIV/AIDS Network @ FHCRC

We'll learn about progress in HIV biomedical research and to discuss ongoing challenges in access and equity.  We'll also celebrate King County's accomplishment in reaching WHO's 90-90-90 goal.  Not sure what that means? Join us to find out.

Where? Kakao Chocolate+Coffee 415 Westlake Ave. N.

Learn more and register

NWABR Announcements
Apply for the Michael D. Hayre Fellowship for Public Outreach
Americans for Medical Progress (AMP)

Successful applicants will work with AMP to design and implement an outreach program geared toward young professionals on the importance of animals in research.  Deadline is May 15, 2017.

Jennifer Wroblewski | NWABR | (206) 957-3337 | engagement @nwabr.org | nwabr.org