Press Release: Quorum and Kinetiq Leadership to Speak in Six Sessions at the PRIM&R AER Conference

Leaders from Quorum Review IRB and Kinetiq, the consulting and technology division of Quorum, will participate in several informative sessions that provide PRIM&R AER Conference attendees with clinical research best practices.

(ANAHEIM, CA): Leaders of Quorum Review IRB and Kinetiq, the consulting and technology division of Quorum, will be featured in multiple sessions next week that cover emerging trends and best practices in clinical research. PRIM&R will host its 2016 AER Conference November 13-16, 2016, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Quorum will also celebrate 25 years as a leading independent review board at this conference.

“Quorum and Kinetiq are committed to building a community dedicated to the well-being of all people. A big part of this mission is to protect research study participants through the highest quality reviews. To this end, we are thrilled to be invited to speak at PRIM&R’s Advancing Ethical Research Conference,” says Quorum CEO Cami Gearhart. “We look forward to sharing our best practices and innovative thinking with colleagues.”

James Riddle, Vice President of Client Services for Kinetiq, will be featured as a co-presenter in two sessions. First, he and other faculty will present how to assess quality in human research protections programs (HRPPs). This session will address how to measure quality and the right staffing levels in the HRPP. It is scheduled for November 14 at 2:30 p.m. Next, James and author speakers will present true stories from the IRB and their impact on IRB operations. The topic will provide attendees with an open conversation about the wild side of running an IRB office on an academic medical center campus. This advanced session will occur on November 15 at 3:30 p.m.

Quorum CEO Cami Gearhart also will be featured in two sessions. Her first appearance will be co-presenting an insightful topic titled “FDA Oversight, SBER, and the IRB.” This session provides guidance on whether a study requires investigational new drug or investigational device exemptions, among other takeaways. This presentation is on the conference agenda for November 15 at 11:15 a.m. Then, Cami returns as part of the faculty for a session at 3:30 p.m. the same day to present on important case studies of litigation and enforcement actions that may impact an institution or HRPP under the NIH single IRB review policy and the Common Rule.

Michelle Grienauer, Senior Regulatory Attorney for Kinetiq, will co-present on a trending topic in ethical research. The session is titled “Return of Individual Results—Complex Considerations for a Not-So-Simple Request.” This presentation will touch on finding the right balance for protecting autonomy and promoting beneficence. This session requires pre-registration to attend and will occur on November 15 at 11:15 a.m.

Finally, Dr. Lynn Borgata, Quorum Board Member, will participate in a panel discussion on a provocative topic titled—“You’ve Heard the Noise, Now What Are the Facts? The Legal Underpinnings of Fetal Tissue Research.” This session will be presented on November 15 at 3:30 p.m.

Quorum also will unveil a new whitepaper that describes how institutions gain research opportunities from partnering with multiple independent IRBs. This paper will be exclusively available to AER Conference attendees at the Quorum tradeshow booth.

Visit Quorum and Kinetiq in the exhibit hall to participate in a survey about electronic consenting and receive a gift card. Plus, participants gain entry to win a grand prize drawing. Finally, attendees are invited to visit our booth during the AER Networking Reception in the exhibit hall the afternoon of November 15 for a champagne toast to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Quorum.

About Quorum

Quorum Review IRB is the first name in streamlined, service-centered independent ethics and regulatory review. The Quorum difference is dependable dedication to your research. Your research benefits from an outstanding service experience, which is why Quorum is the preferred central IRB. Our service offerings include full study review in the U.S. and Canada, international ethics review, a specialized Phase I early engagement team, and unique processes to accelerate minimal risk research. Quorum works closely with institutions and researchers on studies from all over the world. Kinetiq, the consulting and technology division of Quorum, provides services that enhance and optimize the clinical research process.


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Quorum Review IRB
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