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Annual Educational Conference

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8th Annual Institutional Review Board Conference

May 12, 2014




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For payment by check or purchase order:

Please make checks payable to Columbia University IRB

Mail payment, with a printout of your registration form, to:
Columbia University IRB
Attention: Alan Teller
154 Haven Avenue, First Floor
New York, NY 10032

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As permitted by law, we do not disclose nonpublic personal information that we have obtained to any of our affiliates. We are committed to protecting the confidentiality of personal information you provide. Access to your personal information is restricted to those employees who need to know that information as part of their job, to provide effective services to you. We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that are reasonably designed to guard your nonpublic personal information.

Refund Policy

Full refunds allowed if notified 10 days prior to the event by emailing irboffice@columbia.edu with exact payment information.

Cancellation Policy

The registration fee is nonrefundable, unless cancellation is notified 10 days prior to the event by emailing irboffice@columbia.edu with exact registrant information.  Those registrants who fail to cancel by this date are responsible in full for their registration fees.

* Columbia registrants’ departments will be charged a fee of $50.00 if they register and do not attend.  All cancellations must be made in accordance with the above stated Refund Policy.  This nominal fee will help cover some of the individual’s costs for not attending the conference 



        Faculty & Bios

Marianna Bledsoe, M.A., Independent Consultant

Arthur Caplan, Ph.D., Professor of Bioethics, Director, Division of Medical Ethics, NYU Langone Medical Center

Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Professional Development, Association for Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

Mary Marshall Clark, M.A.., Director, Columbia Center for Oral History

Elizabeth Cohn, R.N., Assistant Professor of Nursing, Columbia University

Erik Decker, M.S., CCISSP, Assistant Director of Information Security, Columbia University Medical Center

Karen Hansen, Director, Institutional Review Office, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Ann Hardy, Dr.P.H., NIH Extramural Human Research Protection Officer and Certificates of Confidentiality Coordinator

Collin Glidewell, J.D., L.L.M., Manager of Contracts, Columbia University Clinical Trials Office

Elaine Larson, R.N., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research, Columbia University School of Nursing; Professor of Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Research in the Faculty of Nursing and Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University

Ellen Marakowitz, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University

Moira Keane, M.A., Retired – Executive Director Human Research Protection Program, University of Minnesota

Karen Pagliaro-Meyer, Privacy Officer, Columbia University

Ivor Pritchard, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the Director, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)

Christopher Ryan, Ph.D.., IRB Director, University of Pittsburgh

Laura Lyman Rodriguez, Ph.D., Director, Division of Policy, Communications, and Education, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH 

Wendy Wolf, Ph.D., Executive Director of Biorepositories, Boston Children’s Hospital


        Conference Supporters

Gold Sponsors                     

Columbia University Irving Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CTSA)

Silver Sponsors

Columbia University Clinical Trials Office

Columbia University Sponsored Projects Administration

Bronze Sponsors

PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research)


Conference Exhibitors

Axiom Education

CITI Program




        Conference Planning Committee

Brenda Ruotolo, Executive Director, IRB  

Alan Teller, Assistant Director, IRB Operations

Susie Kim, Manager, IRB Exp

Rachel Lally, Manager, IRB 2

Anita Ou, Assistant Manager, IRB 2

Joyce Plaza, Manager, MS IRB                                                                                        


        Continuing Education Credits


Accreditation Statement

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement

The College of Physicians and Surgeons must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in its educational activities.  All faculty participating in this activity are required to disclose to the audience any significant financial interest and/or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in his/her presentation and/or the commercial contributor(s) of this activity.  When unlabeled uses are discussed, these will also be indicated.

Other Credits

The following organizations have recognized this conference as eligible for continuing education credits for their certifications: 

Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

ACRP certified professionals may submit documentation of participation from this conference for continuing education credits. Credits earned from non-ACRP courses can be reported via the 'Contact Hour History' Quicklink at www.acrpnet.org.

Council for Certified IRB Professionals (CCIP)

IRB Professionals holding CIP credential who are eligible to recertify by continuing education may use credits from this conference towards the 30 hour CIP Continuing Education recertification requirement.

Society for Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA)

The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA - www.socra.org) accepts documentation of candidate participation in continuing ediucation programs for recertification if the program is applicable to clinical research regulations, operations or management, or to the candidate's clinical research therapeutic area.  This program offers a maximum of 6.25 hours of CE credit. 


        Hotel Accommodations

There are a number of wonderful hotels within 20 minutes of the campus.  They include:

  • Beacon Hotel

2130 Broadway (and 75th Street)800-572-4969 or 212-787-1100

  • Hudson Hotel

356 West 58th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)800-444-4786 or 212-554-6000

  • Lucerne Hotel

201 West 79th Street (and Amsterdam Avenue)800-492-8122 or 212-875-1000 Fax:  212-721-1179

  • NYLO

222 West 77th Street (and Broadway)800-509-7598 or 212-362-1100 

In addition, there are a number of larger hotels throughout Manhattan, all easily accessible to campus and only a subway ride away.  These include: 

  • Courtyard Marriott Hotel

114 West 40th Street (and Broadway)800-321-2211 or 212-391-0088

  • Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan

1605 Broadway (between West 48th and 49th Streets)800-243-6969 or 212-977-4000

  • Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel in Times Square

1568 Broadway (and 47th Street)800-222-8733 or 212-719-1600

  • Essex House Westin Hotel

160 Central Park South (between 6th and 7th Avenues)866-809-9330

  • Hilton Times Square

234 West 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)800-523-8699

  • Holiday Inn Midtown

440 West 57th Street (and 9th Avenue)800-465-4329 or 212-581-8100

  • InterContinental Central Park South New York

112 Central Park South (59th Street at 6th Avenue)800-327-0200 or 212-757-1900

  • New York Marriott Marquis

1535 Broadway (between West 45th and 46th Streets)800-228-9290 or 212-398-1900

  • New York Hilton

1335 Sixth Avenue (and 53rd Street)800-445-8667 or 212-586-7000

  • Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square

Two Times Square, 714 Seventh Avenue at West 48th Street800-468-3571 or 212-765-7676

  • Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers

811 7th Avenue (and 53rd Street)888-625-5144 or 212-581-1000

  • W New York – Times Square

1567 Broadway at 47th Street877-WHOTELS (877-946-8357) or 212-930-7400 

In addition, there are a number of accommodations with more economical rates.  These include: 

  • Comfort Inn Manhattan

42 West 35th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)800-228-5150 or 212-947-0200

  • Comfort Inn Midtown

129 West 46th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)800-565-7720 or 212-221-2600

  • Comfort Inn

442 West 36th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)800-228-5150 or 212-714-6699

  • Comfort Inn Central Park West

31 West 71st Street (between Central Park West & Columbus Avenue)877-727-5236 or 212-721-4770

  • Hotel Newton

2528 Broadway (between West 95th and 96th Streets)800-643-5553 or 212-678-6500 or 888-HOTEL58

  • Travel Inn New York City

515 West 42nd Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues)



        Special Needs

Dietary Needs:  Kosher, vegetarian, and vegan meals can be provided upon request.  Please indicate these or any other dietary restrictions at the time of registration so that we can best accommodate you.

Accessibility Needs:  All conference buildings are handicap accessible (please find the accessibility map in the Campus Map section) and auxiliary aids are available upon request.  If you require auxiliary aids or any additional services please indicate your needs at the time of registration and contact the IRB at irboffice@columbia.edu by April 20th if additional accomodations are required.


        Campus Map

Interactive Campus Map: http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/

Disability Access Map: http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/AccessibilityMap.pdf

Directions to the Morningside Campus: http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/directions.html



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