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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

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

Clinical Research Seminar Dates — September 2021 – June 2022
(Scroll down for registration links)

September 22 (Wed), 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Title: IRB Submission Overview for Chart Reviews & Secondary Analyses
Presenters: Carolyn Swain, MPH, IRB Analyst and Emily Crowley, MPH, IRB Administrator
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand which regulatory determinations likely apply to your study
  • Choose the correct review pathway
  • Use correct terminology to support your review pathway
  • Know what responses the IRB is looking for on application questions


October 13 (Wed), 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Title: A Surfeit of Surveys: Exempt Category 2
Presenters: Daly Franco, Senior IRB Analyst and Lin Themelis, IRB Administrator
Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify if the research is Exempt 2 Research
  • Tell what is identifiable vs. anonymous exempt 2 Research
  • Learn what the IRB needs to make an Exempt 2 determination
  • Learn practical tips on how to prepare INSPIR application for Exempt 2 Research.


November  17 (Wed), 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Title: Case Report Form Design
Presenter: Kimberly Ann Dukes, PhD, Executive Director, Biostatistics and Epidemiology Data Analytics Center, BU SPH
Learning Objectives: 

  • The necessity of incorporating data sharing requirements
  • Key design elements and inclusion of standard measures
  • Importance of pilot testing, change management and optimization of data architecture


December 15 (Wed), 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Title: Update on Informatics resources and services for the BMC/BUMC community

Presenter: Bill Adams, MD, Professor, BU School of Medicine
Learning Objectives: Coming soon


January 12 (Wed), 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
TitleClinical Research Operations at Boston Medical Center: A guide to how the Clinical Trial Office can support successful, inclusive research practices
Presenter: Johanna C. Chesley, MPH, Senior Director, Clinical Trial Office
Learning Objectives: 

  • Review CTO’s role and responsibilities within the department of Research Operations
  • Assess CTO’s newest customer service offerings
  • Discuss study team clinical research workflow
  • Learn about CTO’s FY22 goals and initiatives
  • Open discussion


February xx (Wed), 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Title: TBD
Presenters: TBD
Learning Objectives: Coming soon


March 16 (Wed), 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Title: Applying Health Literacy to Clinical Research Communications
Presenter: Sylvia Baedorf Kassis, MPH, Program Manager, Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard
Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe what health literacy is and its relevance to clinical research.
  • Explain how health literacy best principles can be integrated into different phases of the clinical research life cycle.
  • Identify at least one health literacy best practice to integrate into a participant-facing communication.


April 13 (Wed), 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Title: Do I really need an IRB?: Differentiating QI and Research
– Nicholas Cordella, MD, MSc, Medical Director of Quality and Patient Safety, Boston Medical Center
– Emily Jansen, MPH, Senior Program Manager, Quality and Performance Improvement for the QI Hub and Barry M. Manuel Continuing Medical Education Office

Learning Objectives: Coming soon


    May 11 (Wed), 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    Working Title: Clinical Data Warehouse for Research – Part 1
    Presenter: TBD
    Learning Objectives: Coming soon


    June 8 (Wed), 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    Working Title: Clinical Data Warehouse for Research – Part 2
    Presenter: TBD
    Learning Objectives: Coming soon


    Keep checking back for additions to the calendar!


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

    For additional information or questions, contact Mary-Tara Roth (

    Past Seminars