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Clinical Research Seminar

The purpose of the monthly Clinical Research Seminar (CRS) is to enhance attendees’ knowledge regarding important ethical, regulatory, and operational clinical/human research topics. Clinical Research Seminars are organized by the CRRO, with support from the BU Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Office of Human Research Affairs (OHRA).

Seminars take place from 12 pm to 1 pm, typically on the second Wednesday of the month. If the seminar takes place in-person, we supply a nice lunch to enjoy. But for the foreseeable future, we are holding the seminars on Zoom (but you can still enjoy your lunch while you learn!).

Please register by following the blue title link for each seminar that you would like to attend.  (And keep checking back as the calendar is updated).  For the security of the session, pre-registration is required. Please note that you  must use your institutional/work email to register.  If you need an exception to this requirement, please contact Mary-Tara Roth at mtroth@bu.edu.

For slides and video for seminars that have already happened, scroll down to “Past Seminars” link below.

Clinical Research Seminar Dates — September 2020 – June 2021
(Scroll down for registration links)

September 16 (Wed), 2020, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Title: Cede Review and You — How to Navigate this Evolving “New World” of IRB Review (Click here for slides and video of this seminar.)

Presenter: Matthew Ogrodnik, MS, CIP, IRB Director

Learning Objectives:

  • List what changes have been made to the cede review process at BMC/BUMC
  • Discuss the procedures involved in ceding review
  • Explain tips for the most efficient local cede review submission

October 14 (Wed), 2020, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Title: The Basics of Using REDCap for Study Data Collection (Click here for slides for this seminar.)

Presenter: Tasha Coughlin, Research & Instructional Applications Manager, BUMC IT-EdMedia

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate how to create a REDCap project
  • Demonstrate how to create a REDCap survey
  • Describe data management processes and best practices in REDCap

November 18 (Wed), 2020, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Title: 3 Case studies on Implementation of REDCap in Clinical Research Studies (Click here for slides and video of this seminar.)

Case studies:
– Using REDCap in a Multicenter trial
– STOP & SIG-COVID: Two Studies, One REDCap
– REDCap for longitudinal MOM NEST Study

Presenters:
– Hira Shrestha, MA, Clinical Research Manager, NAS and Quality Improvement Projects, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
– Sarah Weber, Research Study Coordinator, Section of Infectious Diseases, Boston Medical Center
– Elizabeth Ragan, MPH, Administrative Manager, Section of Infectious Diseases, Boston Medical Center
– Michael A. Garcia, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellow, Boston University/Boston Medical Center
– Nicholas A. Bosch, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide examples of use of REDCap in clinical research studies
  • Describe the process to build a REDCap database to meet the needs of specific research studies
  • Explain strategies used in designing REDCap databases

December 16 (Wed), 2020, 12:00-1:00 p.m. 
Title: Remote and E-Consent (including REDCap) (Click here for slides and video of this seminar.)

Presenters: Mary-Tara Roth, RN, MSN, MPH, Director, Clinical Research Resources Office; Jung Lee, BS, Human Research Quality Manager; Emily Crowley, MPH, CIP, Senior IRB Analyst II

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain remote consent and e-consent and when the two overlap
  • Show the options for developing e-consent using REDCap and DocuSign
  • Describe important IRB issues in regards to remote and e-consent

January 13 (Wed), 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m. 
Title: Anything Goes?: What are the limits to research without consent in a ‘learning healthcare system’? (Click here for slides and video of this seminar.)

Presenters:

James Feldman, MD, MPH FACEP, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Allan J. Walkey, MD, MSc, Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Learning Objectives:

  • Define a Learning Health Care system and Comparative effectiveness (CE) research
  • Review regulatory definition of minimal risk research
  • Describe the requirements for waiver of informed consent
  • Discuss concerns about CE research in a safety net hospital

February 10 (Wed), 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m. 
Title: Ethical Considerations for Social Media (Slides and video of this seminar will be uploaded soon)
Presenter: Kimberly Nelson, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the different ways that social media is being/can be used for research purposes
  • Identify the ethical considerations for using social media for research purposes
  • Identify the different types of IRB review that may be necessary for social media research

March 17 (Wed), 2021, 12:00-1:00p.m.  Register now!
Title: Educating our research community: Implicit and Explicit Bias in Research
Presenter: Megan H. Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE, Professor of Pediatrics, BU School of Medicine, Executive Director, Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family, Boston Medical Center

April 14 (Wed), 2021, 12:00-1:00p.m.  
Title: Experiences with an investigator-initiated clinical trial during COVID-19: Transitioning from single- to multi-center
Presenter: Nicholas A. Bosch, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine, BU School of Medicine

May 2021
Title:  TBD

June 9 (Wed), 2021, 12:00-1:00p.m.
Title: Research repositories: Overview, operations, and IRB submissions
Presenter: Matthew Ogrodnik, MS CIP, Director, Joint BUMC/BMC Office of Human Research Affairs

 

For video and slides of past seminars see the link below.

For additional information or questions, contact Maureen Clark (clarkm@bu.edu, 617-697-0470).

Past Seminars