2021 DC CTSA Spring Regulatory Update & Hot Topics in Clinical and Translational Research Agenda

This annual meeting brings researchers, administrators, and clinical professionals from throughout the local CTSA region together for collaborative discussion and response to regulatory revisions and identified clinical research priorities within the current landscape of clinical trials.

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This conference will focus on:
Day 1 - Moving Swiftly to Combat the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis
Day 2 - Beyond Covid-19: Challenges & Lessons Learned during a Pandemic

 


Day 1 - Moving Swiftly to Combat the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis

 

9:30am - 9:35am  Welcome

Joseph Verbalis, MD. Professor of Medicine, Chief of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Georgetown University Principal Investigator of GHUCCTS

 

9:35am - 9:45am  Introduction

Sheila Garrity, JD, MPH, MBA. Associate Vice President for Research Integrity. Office of the Vice President for Research at the George Washington University

  • Introduction to the conference, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and planning team  

  • Administrative explanation of the virtual tool and logistics of the conference, timeline, etc. 

  • Introduce Keynote Speaker

 

9:45am - 10:30 Keynote Address   

Dr. David Diemert, MD, FRCP(C). Professor Departments of Medicine and Microbiology, Immunology & Tropical Medicine George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Moderator:  Rebecca Eberle

Dr. Diemert will provide an overview of the different vaccines, how the science ramped up to the various vaccines, the differences in manufacturing the vaccines, how certain he was about the effectiveness of the vaccines before they were rolled out; and whether these same approaches would be replicated in other diseases or conditions.

 

10:35am - 11:35am  Panel 1:  COVID-19 Vaccine Research, Recruitment, and Testing.

Moderator:  Mariel Jais, PharmD, RBP. Manager of the Office of Laboratory Safety. Office of the Vice President for Research. George Washington University

As COVID-19 vaccines reach more people all over the country, different efforts to ensure equity are being utilized. This panel of local experts will highlight the ethical lessons learned from the COVID-19 vaccine research and rollout, diverse participant recruitment efforts, testing, and the regulatory issues related to human subject research.

  • Molly Klote, MD | Director, Office of Research Protections, Policy, and Education Office of Research and Development, VHA.
  • Florencia Gonzalez, MPH | Director, Including Diverse Population (IDP), GHUCCTS; Community Engagement, GHUCCTS, Howard University
  • Megan Ware | Study Coordinator/Peer Support Coordinator, Howard University Vaccine Trials

 

11:40am - 12:25pm  Panel 2:  Regulatory issues related to human subject COVID Research.

Moderator:  Mary Schmiedel, J.D. Senior Director, Office of Research Oversight. Georgetown University

This panel will discuss how the research community had to swiftly pivot to combat Covid-19, leveraging regulatory flexibilities under the Common Rule to manage the challenges in conducting and reviewing research, and to move research more swiftly during the pandemic.
  • Heidi Maloni, Ph.D. ANP-BC, CNRN, MSCN | National Clinical Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence - East, Washington DC VA Medical Center, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 
  • James (Jim) Boscoe, MA, CIP | Director, Office of Research Integrity. MedStar Health Research Institute
  • Yvonne Lau, MBBS, MBHL, Ph.D |. Director, Division of Education and Development, Office for Human Research Protections. Department of Health and Human Services
     

12:25 - 12:30pm Day 1, Close: Sheila Garrity

 


             Day 2 - Beyond Covid-19: Challenges & Lessons Learned during a Pandemic

 

9:35am - 9:45am  Introduction

Sheila Garrity, JD, MPH, MBA. Associate Vice President for Research Integrity. Office of the Vice President for Research at the George Washington University 

  • Administrative explanation of the virtual tool and logistics of the conference, timeline, etc.

  • Introduce Keynote Speaker 

 

9:45am - 10:45am  Keynote Address

Dr. Stephen Hansen, Ph.D. Supervisory Investigator, Office of Bioresearch Monitoring Operations U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Moderator:  Priscilla Adler, MBA, CCRP. ICR Regulatory Coordinator, DC VAMC

Dr. Hansen will discuss Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) from the FDA perspective. Dr. Hansen will discuss what it means, the process for EAU review specifically for vaccines, circumstances that justify their authorization, and how it may Impact future approvals.

 
 

10:45am - 11:30am  Panel 1:  Challenges for researchers during the pandemic  

Moderator:  Hiromi Sanders, J.D. Ph.D. Director, Research Integrity and Compliance. Office of the Vice President for Research. George Washington University

This panel will provide insight into the many challenges faced by researchers during the COVID  pandemic. Researchers will discuss their projects, specific challenges experienced, and whether project goals were reconfigured due to the inability to conduct the original research.   

  • Federico M, Aach, M.D., FASE, FACC | Director, Cardiovascular Core Labs. Director, Cardiac Imaging Research. MedStar Health Research Institute at Washington Hospital Center
  • Shannon Dowell, M.D. | Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Howard University Hospital

  • Jill Smith, M.D. | Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine and Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Georgetown University Medical Center

 

11:30am - 12:25pm  Panel 2:  Dissemination of Research in the Pandemic- 

Moderator:  Sarah Vittone, DBe, MA, MSN, RN. Doctor of Bioethics. Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies. Georgetown University.

This presentation will provide the perspectives on the dissemination of research during the pandemic.  Impact on the changing publishing landscape, editorial and review process, costs, retractions, case study reports, and MedRxiv will be discussed. Balancing the pace of science as well as keeping with standard and ethics will be addressed.

  • Lars Berglund MD, PH. | Editor Journal of Clinical and Translational Science 
  • Theodora Bloom PHD. | Executive Editor, The BMJ

 

12:25pm - 12:30pm Day 2, Close: Sheila Garrity