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Compassion Fatigue addressed at March 31st IACUC Conference
Institutional Review Board Conference
New NWABR Board Members Elected at Annual Meeting
We're About Relationships: NWABR Lands Community Member
Should We Tinker with our DNA?...It Depends
Member Bioethics Forums
NWABR Conferences
Conference planning is in full swing for 2016. NWABR is committed to providing conferences and other educational opportunities for its members and for the broader biomedical research community.
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Compassion Fatigue a Real Concern for Animal Caregivers and IACUCs.  Le a rn why and what to do at Annual Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Conference
Each spring, NWABR hosts a Regional IACUC Conference to serve the needs of its local constituents. As part of the agenda this year, we are proud to tackle the issue of compassion fatigue.  In a panel discussion led by Monte Matthews (OHSU),  Patricia Smith (The Compassion Fatigue (CF) Project) and Anneka Keizer (Cope+) will help attendees understand CF as it relates to animal caregivers and IACUCs. Both of the panelists strive to build awareness, understanding of and therapy for compassion fatigue in order to impact the lives of caregivers in a positive way.

The 2016 NWABR Regional IACUC Conference, "Practical Implications for IACUC's in a rapidly changing world," in Bellevue, WA, includes experiences, real-world cases, panels and more ways to learn and engage between March 30 & 31, as well as additional opportunities in conjunction with PRIM&R on April 1 & 2. See the detailed agenda here.  Don't miss this epic conference pairing!  
Learn more and register  
Institutional Review Board Conference 
On July 21, 2016 NWABR will co-present its annual IRB conference with Quorum Review IRB.  Ethics and Regulation in the Digital Age will address how digital and emerging technologies impact all aspects of the work of researchers and IRBs, and in particular can conflict with ethics and regulations. This summer, join thought leaders from across the country for a day of education and networking that will challenge how we think about digital technology in the context of clinical research.  Learn more and register 
New NWABR Board Members

During our January 27th Annual Member Meeting we presented our 2015 Annual Report and welcomed new members of the Board of Directors: Linda Coleman (Quorum IRB Review), David Forster (WIRB-Copernicus Group), Shannon Reynolds (Allen Institute for Brain Science), Kim Stocking (Seattle Children's Research Institute), Rajesh Uthamanthil (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute), Preston Van Hooser (University of Washington), and Donald Wang (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute). Thank you for your service! View all Board profiles
We're About Relationships: NWABR Consulting Lands Community Member for Benaroya Research Institute

While many publics are interested in the sciences, it can be difficult to identify community members who are eligible to serve on research oversight committees. As a member service, NWABR identifies, evaluates and recommends community members for these committees.

I first met Mr. Kristian Kofoed in 2009 at a peer-to-peer communication training presented by NWABR. Since this was one of the first events I personally supervised with NWABR, I remember being keenly focused on all the new faces and quality of the training.  Kristian had created a presentation to be workshopped by peers, which was unlike any... 

Should We Tinker with Our DNA?...It Depends

During our recent Seattle and Spokane Community Conversations, we featured the amazing scientific capabilities of CRISPR/Cas9 technology, not to mention the amazing facilitators Malia Fullerton, DPhil, UW and Aaron Putzke, PhD, Whitworth.  Join the Conversation by completing a survey about the use of CRISPR/Cas9 in the human genome.  In a classical ethics Conversation, our groups gathered on both sides of Washington state and teased out four main themes which you can read more about here
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Bioethics Forums to Attend

Benefit from these two outstanding talks given by NWABR collaborator Malia Fullerton, D.Phil (UW School of Medicine) and Board member Benjamin Wilfond, MD (Seattle Children's Research Institute):

"Big Data, Biospecimens, and Broad Consent: What We May Gain, and Lose, in the Pursuit of Precision Medicine," presented by Malia Fullerton, D.Phil.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 12.00p-1.00p (lunch is provided)
HMC Research & Training Bldg Rooms 109/113
Registration is not necessary, but come early for seats

The promise of precision medicine, or "delivering the right treatments, at the right time, every time to the right person" (Obama 2015) is expected to be realized by the analysis of population-scale data linking molecular markers (derived from biospecimens) to treatment response and health outcomes (derived from self-report and medical records). Health systems invite the altruistic, open-ended participation of their patients and therefore serve as crucial research intermediaries. Dr. Fullerton will lead a discussion of what this may mean for patients, providers, and others who work within the UW Medicine healthcare system.

"A ROMP in the PRC: Research on Medical Practices - Public Attitudes for Research Consent"
Presented by Dr. Benjamin Wilfond
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 4:00-5:00pm
Health Sciences Building, T-739 Classroom

Objectives for this Lecture:
*    Describe why the randomized study of oxygen saturation levels in premature infants was described in a New York Times editorial as startling and deplorable
*    Understand why the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) thinks that research on medical practices using randomization is substantially risky
*    Appreciate that the public views about the role of informed consent for comparative effectiveness research are different from regulators

For more information on either forum, please contact 206.616.1817 or Liz Beigle-Bryant at bhinfo@uw.edu

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