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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. All seminars will be held on Zoom.  Links to the seminar Zoom info will only be provided after you register.

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 the “Past Seminars” link below.

Clinical Research Seminar Dates — September 2022 – June 2023
Calendar topics may change.  Registration links below. Check back often for updates.

Slides and videos from past seminars available here: Past Seminars

December 14, 2022 (Wednesday) — 12-1pm

Topic: Engagement or Non-Engagement: That is the IRB Oversight Question


  • Learn about OHRP Guidance and HRPP Policies on engagement in human subjects research
  • Discuss the different types of reliance agreements put in place when the BMC/BU Medical Campus IRB is the IRB of record for external sites, organizations, and individual investigators
  • Differentiate between engagement and non-engagement through the evaluation of detailed case studies and examples

Matt Ogrodnik, MS CIP, Director Office of Human Research Affairs
Jamie Merrill, MPH CIP, Director Institutional Review Board

January 11, 2023 (Wednesday) — 12-1pm
Tentative Topic: Informatics Resources for Data Collection

February 8, 2023 (Wednesday) — 12-1pm
Tentative Topic: Respect and Equity in Clinical Research

March 8, 2023 (Wednesday) — 12-1pm
Tentative Topic: Recruitment Best Practices

April 12, 2023 (Wednesday) — 12-1pm
Tentative Topic: Consent Best Practices

May 10, 2023 (Wednesday) — 12-1pm
Tentative Topic: Study Initiation

June 14, 2023 (Wednesday) — 12-1pm
Tentative Topic: Performing Quality Self-Assessments

    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

    Past Seminars