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Research Community Forums (RCFs)

OHRP sponsors three to four Research Community Forum (RCF) events each year, at locations across the United States to promote the protection of human subjects in research. RCFs bring together two educational events: a 1-day conference focusing on ethical and regulatory issues related to current topics in human research protections, and a 1-day interactive workshop focusing on the interpretation and application of HHS regulations and policies on human research protections. OHRP provides a small co-sponsoring financial contribution to support the RCF.

The principle event, the Forum Conference, provides an opportunity for co-hosting institutions to showcase their expertise and effort in human research protections, and draw attention to ethical and regulatory issues in human research protections that are of particular interest to them. OHRP gives the co-hosting institution(s) wide latitude to develop a conference program that goes beyond the foundational regulatory content. The Forum Conference usually receives between 250 and 400 participants.

The associated event, the Forum Workshop, combines didactic instruction and engaging interactions to help participants appreciate how to interpret and apply the U.S. federal regulations and policies on human research protections. It is typically limited to a smaller audience to ensure an engaging and interactive exchange. OHRP engages other federal partners and institutional experts to share their unique viewpoints and insights in implementing the federal regulations and policies on human research protections.

For more information, see the Federal Register Notice announcing the opportunity to co-sponsor an RCF with OHRP.

RCFs generally are planned around 2 years in advance. If your institution is interested in co-sponsoring a RCF with OHRP, contact us at OHRP-EDU@HHS.GOV

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Find information on the next RCF on the "Upcoming Educational Events" page.

List of prior OHRP RCFs

Venue: Hartford Marriott Downtown Hotel, Hartford, Connecticut

This two day event included a symposium focused on ethical issues of engaging community participation in research. Topics included applying human research ethics in emerging technologies, the impact of recent federal updates, community engaged participatory research, patient powered research, and mobile health engagement. It also included a full day workshop allowing the research community to engage with OHRP staff and explore various key aspects of human research protection including the direct perspective of former participants.

List of co-sponsors

  • OHRP
  • Hartford Healthcare

Venue: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee

This two-day event included a 1-day workshop and a 1-day forum conference. The Forum Workshop was designed to help participants appreciate how to interpret and apply the U.S. federal regulations and policies on human research protections. The Forum Conference was packed with a rich and exciting program with a special focus on the changing landscape of research. Dr. Richard Gorman, M.D., delivered the keynote presentation entitled “How Do You Know What You Think You Know?” Break-out session topics included: OHRP’s top 10 compliance risks, challenges in pediatric genomic and drug development research, and new technologies in recruitment and data collection, among others.

List of co-sponsors

  • OHRP
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 

Venue: Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida

This two-day event included a 1-day workshop and a 1-day forum conference. The Forum Workshop was specially designed to help participants appreciate how to interpret and apply the U.S. federal regulations and policies on human research protections. The Forum Conference was packed with a rich and exciting program with a special focus on research with vulnerable populations. Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D. delivered the keynote presentation entitled “Vulnerable, Marginalized and At-Risk Participants in Research.” Break-out session topics included: Research in Disaster Zones and Humanitarian Crises, Research with Apps and Mobile Devices, Illegal Activities or Undocumented Status in Human Research, Ebola and Other Emerging Pathogens – A New Challenge in Research, Cultural Competence in Research, and Incidental Findings, Genetic Research And Consent.

List of co-sponsors

  • OHRP
  • CITI Program at the University of Miami
  • University of Miami Human Subjects Research Office
  • Miami Children’s Hospital
  • University of South Florida
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Baptist Health Systems

Venue: Global Center for Health Innovation, Cleveland Convention Center, Cleveland, Ohio

This conference covered a variety of topics including informed consent and the teach back method, managing multicenter trials and the use of single IRB, and handling issues surrounding conflict of interest and others. The target audience included researchers, research coordinators, IRB members and staff, institutional officials, other public health service agencies, emerging bioscience companies entering human research, and others with an interest in research involving human subjects. OHRP staff were available to answer questions, explain the HHS regulatory requirements, and provide news and policy updates.

List of co-sponsors

  • University Hospitals Case Medical Center
  • Case Western Reserve University, Ohio

Venue: Denver Marriott City Center, Denver, Colorado

This dynamic and interactive one-day conference included tracks focusing on HRPP/IRB fundamentals, HRPP efficiencies and social media in research. The target audience included researchers, research coordinators, IRB members and staff, institutional officials, other public health service agencies, emerging bioscience companies entering human research, and others with an interest in research involving human subjects. OHRP staff were available to answer questions, explain the HHS regulatory requirements, and provide news and policy updates.

List of co-sponsors

  • Catholic Health Institute for Research & Innovation
  • The Regents of the University of Colorado

Venue: The Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This Research Community Forum examined consent-related challenges faced by IRBs, investigators, and other members of the research community. Changes in the research environment, technological advances, and a greater understanding of related ethical concerns have made the issue of informed consent in research increasingly complex. The conference fostered thought provoking topics and stimulating discussions and sought to generate creative solutions to these challenges.

List of co-sponsors

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Drexel University
  • Temple University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • The Wills Eye Hospital

Manage Under Pressure: IRB Flight Plan, Ocean of Change [July 31, 2014]
Seattle, Washington

Clinical Research… and all that Regulatory Jazz [May 21, 2014]
Cincinnati, Ohio

Innovative Strategies: Taking the Protection of Human Subjects to the Next Level [October 24-25, 2013]
Nashville, Tennessee

JPS Research Day: Take a RIDE in Revitalizing Healthcare: Research, Innovation, Discovery, and Evidence [June 7, 2013]
Fort Worth, Texas

An Educational Conference on Strategies for Optimizing the Protection of Human Participants in Research [May 2, 2013]
Rochester, Michigan

Partners in Research: How Institutions, IRBs, and Researchers Can Collaborate More Effectively [March 15, 2013]
Orlando, Florida

Building Bridges: Research Around the World [June 22, 2012]
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Engaging the Community for Research Success: What Scientists and IRBs Need to Know [March 21-22, 2012]
Raleigh, North Carolina

Protecting Human Research Subjects: Best Practices in the Big Easy [January 13, 2012]
New Orleans, Louisiana

National Research Forum and Community-Engaged Research Conference [September 26-27, 2011]
St. Louis, Missouri

Protecting Human Subjects: Blending Regulatory Requirements and Best Practices [June 21, 2011]
Boston, Massachusetts

Clinical Research 2011: Partnerships in Protection of Human Subjects [January 24, 2011]
Houston, Texas

Building Harmony: Enhancing Human Subject Protections Through Coordinated Regulatory Oversight [September 16, 2010]
Cleveland, Ohio

Regulatory Responsibility and Innovative Research: An Opportunity for Partnership [May 21, 2010]
Chicago, Illinois

Protecting Research Participants: Ethical Challenges Within a Regulatory Framework [February 4, 2010]
Seattle, Washington

On the Legal and Ethical Frontline [September 11, 2009]
New York City, New York

Reducing Regulatory Burden: Real Strategies for Real Change [May 14, 2009]
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Human Subject Protections: Bridge to the Future [January 30, 2009]
Glendale, Arizona

 

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Content last reviewed on March 4, 2016