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crisis Be prepared!  Attend the Security and Crisis Communications Conference

September 27, 2018
Alki Room at Century Square

We aren't all Boy Scouts, but we can all be better prepared for external and internal threats that aim to unravel our physical and digital infrastructure, our safety and our intellectual property.

If you are a security professional, manage a laboratory, conduct research with animals or human volunteers, work within an animal facility, oversee the preservation of precious specimens...then this conference will be valuable to you;  you will be a valuable asset to other attendees as well.  We are stronger together.
The keynote speaker for this conference will be Cheryl Michaels from Seattle Pacific University.  Ms. Michaels will draw upon her experience of responding to an Active Shooter incident and will draw lessons that the research community can learn from this lived experience.
clinical Come one, Come All! Clinical Research Professionals Conference

October 29, 2018
at Virginia Mason, Seattle 
NWABR's newest conference is in its second year!  We are once again co-presenting this conference with the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (PNCACRP).  With our partner we will offer material that is both timely and relevant, with high quality speakers. This conference is designed for clinical research professionals who have the role of ensuring the ongoing integrity of research within their institutions.

This conference is appropriate for those performing clinical trials, analysis of biological specimens, epidemiological and behavioral studies and medical chart review studies  Curious if this conference is a good fit?  Please contact Ken Gordon directly at 206-957-3337.

Confirmed speakers and topics include:

Dominic Chiarelli (Quorum Review IRB) - Regulatory Updates
Michelle Grienauer (Quorum Review IRB) - Strategies for Ensuring Part 11 compliance
Mike Kassin (Florence Health Care) - Remote monitoring
Stephanie Williams (Cincinnati Children's Hospital) - Increasing trial participation from underrepresented communities
Raymond Nomizu (Clinical Research IO) - eSource for sites
Rachekke Lubin/Emily Gebbia (FDA) - CDER BIMO Compliance and Enforcement: What You Need to Know

  fbiUrgent Animal/Plant Health Joint Criminal-Epidemiological Investigations Course

August 8th & 9th 
Spokane WSU Campus 
No cost!

Calling all epidemiologists, animal and plant health experts, emergency preparedness managers, local and state laboratories, community health specialists, public health nurses and physicians, local and state police, task force officers, FBI, first responders/EMS, fire/hazmat, and Civil Support Teams (That's a long list of professionals!). That means YOU! 
From Dione Mazzolini, FBI Assistant WMD Coordinator, " Our state has some definite vulnerabilities when it comes to an agro-terrorism event, and speaking from experience, the better we understand each other's mission, roles and responsibilities, the better chance of success we have working together to contain the threat and identify the perpetrator. " 
  Training Objectives
  • Understand roles, responsibilities, and authorities  for each discipline during an outbreak of an unusual and/or high consequence animal or plant disease 
  • Identify assets and capabilities for each discipline.
  • Demonstrate types of information collected by law enforcement and animal/plant health experts and how and when to share it with each discipline.
  • Discuss best practices for conducting a joint threat assessment, joint investigations, joint interviews, and evidence collection.
  • Develop inter-professional relationships between law enforcement and animal/plant health experts.

Building Trust: Education and Outreach
queenSee Queen! 

by Madhuri Shekar
ACT Theatre Aug 3-19
Explore research ethics, bee colony collapse, a PhD candidate dilemma and personal integrity through the medium of live drama! 

20% discount for NWABR members and friends, use code NEONICS.  

From director Agastya Kohli, "PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel have spent the better part of the last decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. Just as these close friends are about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon an error which could jeopardize their reputations, careers, and friendship."

"How far will you go to defend your ethics and standards of integrity, and at what cost?"

Interested in going with a group of NWABR folks?  Contact Jen Wroblewski or 206-957-337.
communityCommunity Conversations Need You!

Community Conversations explore topics in biomedical science and its relationship with ethics, medicine, research and society.  Conversations encourage iterative, directional thinking rather than polarized, binary thinking.  These new frameworks build trust and a thoughtful community that is prepared to critically consider the biomedical field. 
Exciting new partnerships and venues await your engagement this coming school year!  Not only do we need your attendance, but also your topic suggestions.  Chances are, if YOU want to learn about and contribute to a topic in biomedicine, there are others who feel the same.  

Seattle: Join us at a new venue, The Park Public House in the Phinney Ridge neigborhood.  Why the change? Free on street parking.  Science Trivia will follow most Conversations.  Happy Hour prices on food and beverages until 6pm.  Need we say more?

Spokane: We are fortunate to launch a new partnership with Eastern Washington University's Public Health program.  A select group of graduate students will be working with Community Conversations to present their original research about local issues during our events.

Portland : We are exploring the theme of Right to Try for all our Conversations in Portland this season. Know a speaker?   

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