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 2022 Conference Preliminary Agenda (updated May 31st, 2022)

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Welcome back!

After a year off, we are happy to say that we will be holding our annual in-person conference once again. Come and reconnect with your industry peers and learn the Pearls of Wisdom!

Sunday, September 11th

 1:00 PM  - 6:00 PM  Registration Desk Opens
 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

 A Comprehensive look at Comprehending 1200.17
Speaker: Derwood Haskell

 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

 ACOS-Only Session: Field Priorities and Needs, Engaging the Field in the Research Enterprise Initiative.

 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  NAVREF Annual Membership Meeting
 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Welcome Reception: Welcome to the Pearl Lounge

Monday, September 12th

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

 Breakfast with Exhibitor Presentations

  • Vendor Demos 1 and 2: 7:45 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Vendor Demo 3: 8:05 AM - 8:30 AM
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM  Opening Ceremony with a live performance of the National Anthem

 Welcome remarks by a special guest appearance

 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  Keynote Speaker: Linda Singh, PhD
 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM  Refreshment Break
 11:30 PM - 11:45 PM

 Breakout Session 1:

  • Grants Management Pre-Award
    Speakers: Rebecca Walker & Maggie McCarthy

  • DE&I session- terms, what it means in your workplace, how to apply it
  • Research Enterprise-Part 1: Strategies, Priorities, and Field Input for the Organizational Alignment Initiative 
    Speakers: Grant Huang (Deputy CRADO), Bill Wolf (Hines VA), Laura Peterson (Houston VA)
 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM  Lunch
 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

 Breakout Session 2:

  • Grants Management Post-Award 
    Speakers: Rebecca Walker & Maggie McCarthy
  • Human Resources - Acquisition and Retention
    Speaker: Brenden Wright
  • Research Enterprise-Part 2: Sustainability through Centralized Operations (HR, Contracts, Mentorship & Leadership Development)
    Speakers: Tony Laracuente (ORD Director, Field Operations), Melissa Middleton, Carrie May (Leadership Development Initiative)
 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM  Refreshment Break
 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  Breakout Session 3:
  • Indirect Cost Rates
    Speaker: Bob Forrester
  • PEARL of Education 
    Speakers: (Katrina Washburn, Kevin Hull and ACOS-E)- D'Arcy or James McCallum
  • Engaging Support of Medical Center Leadership & VISN
    Speakers: Kristen Mattocks (ACOS Western MA, VISN 1), Mark Riddle (ACOS Reno, NV, VISN 21), Jennifer Lee (ACOS Palo Alto, VISN 21), Hanna Bloomfield (ACOS Minneapolis, MN, VISN 23), Ann Rosenthal (ACOS Milwaukee, WI, VISN 12)
 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM  

Breakout Session 4:

  • NPPO audit
    Speakers: Jeteseya Dennis and Derwood Haskell
  • Fundraising
    Speaker: Kevin Hull
  • Establishing Partnerships with Clinical Care for Research
 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

 7th Annual NAVREF Awards Reception

 Special Guest Speaker: Rosie Torres, Executive Director of BurnPits360

Tuesday, September 13th

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

 Breakfast with Exhibitor Presentations

  • Vendor Demos 3 and 4: 7:45 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Vendor Demos 5:  and 6: 8:05 AM - 8:20 AM
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM  Day 2 Welcome Remarks by Dr. Carolyn Clancy
 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM  The ORD Enterprise Presentation

 Speaker: Dr. Rachel Ramoni

 9:15 AM - 10:30 PM  Electronic Health Record Management Panel
 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM  Refreshment Break
 11:00 PM - 12:00 PM

 Breakout Session 5:

  • Persevering Clinical Research, Unit 1
    Panelists: Loni, Jeff, and Dr. Sonel
    Moderator: Ron Hakes 
  • Board Meeting Process, Agendas and KPIs
    Michele Packard-Milam
  • Ambition to Grow Programs through Collaborative Research: Local (NPC, VA Affiliate) and Extended Partnerships (Multi-VA, Multi-NPC)
    Speakers: Mark Yorek (ACOS IOWA City), Katrina Washburn (ED, South Florida), Krissa Caroff (Partnered Research Program), Gery Schulteis, ACOS San Diego, Vice-Chair GAO Report Subcommittee)
     12:00 PM - 1:15 PM  Lunch
     1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

     Breakout Session 6:

    • Sustaining Clinical Research, Unit 2
      Panelists: Loni, Jeff, and Dr. Sonel
      Moderator: Ron Hakes 
    • Multi-Site NPCs 
      Speaker: Danielle Fleumer, Cindy
    • Transition to VAIRRS- Successful Practices, Persistence in Developing Solutions to Challenges
       2:30 PM - 3:00 PM  Refreshment Break
       3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  Breakout Session 7:
      • Clinical trials session e.g., budeting, negotiating, etc. Speakers: Kelly Willenburg
      • Financial Fraud Protecting your NPC
        Speakers: (Katrina, Kevin and ACOS-E)- D'Arcy or James McCallum
      • Ensuring Longevity of Research Programs through Effective Administration of Research VERA and Research Protected Time
        Speaker: Gery Schulteis (ACOS San Diego)
       4:15 PM - 5:15 PM  

      Breakout Session 8:

      • Strategic Planning
        Speakers: Michele Packard-Milam
      • Advocacy- Preparing to Take the Hill
      • DEI: Health Disparities Research
        Speakers: Ernest Moy (Exec Director VHA Office for Health Equity), Louis Dellitalia (ACOS Birmingham), Mark Roltsch (Program Officer, ORD)

      Wednesday, September 14th

       7:00 PM  - 8:00 PM

       Reflecting on PEARLS: Mindful Yoga Session

       8:30 AM - 9:45 AM 

       Farewell Breakfast

       9:45 AM - 10:30 AM Decentralized Clinical Trials Panel Discussion
       10:30 PM - 11:15 AM

       Wrap-up Sessions

      • Wrap-up with NPCs: Key Take-Aways and Action Items
      • Wrap-up with ORD: Key Take-Aways and Action Items
       11:30 PM - 12:00 PM  General Session Conference Wrap Up Session: Key Takeaways with speakers and Board members
       12:00 PM - 12:30 PM  Industry Partner Consortium Meeting
       12:45 PM - 5:45 PM Capitol Hill NAVREF Meet and Greet

      NAVREF Awards Nominations

      The National Association of Veterans’ Research and Education Foundations (NAVREF) is pleased to continue our “Awards for Distinguished Service & Innovation” for its seventh year. The awards will recognize professional contributions by individuals to NAVREF, its member nonprofit corporations (NPCs) or affiliated organizations within the fields of VA research and education.

      Nominations Are Now Open: Submit Your Nomination 

      *Please note the submission form will open in a new tab/window.

      2021 Award Winners

      Barbara West Award

      Maria Sittmann, CEO

      Veterans Medical Research Foundation

      Board of Directors Award

      Leslie Hughes, Executive Director

      Foundation for Atlanta Veterans Education and Research

      Innovations and Best Practice Award

      Paige Webb, Operations Manager

      North Florida Foundation for Research and Education

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