Wednesday, October 18

8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.                    Registration/Check-in                                                                            Outside Ballroom A       

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.                   Welcome                                                                                                               Ballroom BC

Kirk Lubick, Associate Vice President of Research Compliance

Alison Harmon, Vice President for Research and Economic Development

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.                  All Person Session                                                                                               Ballroom BC

Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity

Karen Wehner, PhD, Director of the Division of Education and Integrity

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.                Break and Networking                                                                                      Ballroom BC                                    

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.                Concurrent Sessions

Compliance vs Culture: How to Build a Successful Safety Culture                                                      Room 233

Presenter: Nick Childs

You likely already have a safety program of some kind in place at your institution, but how do you get buy-in from the whole organization to have a culture that is desired? This course will describe different types of organizational cultures, how these cultures form, and how to change a culture that is not advantageous. There are several models for change management; learn how to use these methods to change/improve the safety culture at your organization.

Committee Review: A How-To Guide                                                                                                  Alumni Lounge 

Presenters: Kelly Beiswanger and Diane Dorgan

Join us for a 101-level talk on setting up or improving a research review committee. We’ll cover how to:

    • Build a committee and choose members
    • Prepare and support members
    • Determine which protocols should go to Full Committee Review
    • Handle processes like primary review, return for modification, and direct member review

Best Practices/Emerging Trends: Conflict of Interest, Foreign Influence, Export Control, Data Security and Information Security                                                                                                                                Room 235

Presenters: Quinton King, Daniella McGuire, Zach Scott, Justin Van Almelo, and John White

This session will cover current and emerging regulations and best practices regarding conflict of interest, foreign influence, export control, data security and information security as it relates to academic research institutions.

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.               Lunch (to be provided)                                                                                        Ballroom BC

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.                 All Person Session                                                                                                Ballroom BC

Collaboration with Montana Communities

Vernon Grant, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity, MSU 

Brad Hall, PhD, President, Blackfeet Community College

Alma McCormick, BS, Executive Director, Messengers for Health

Moderated by Alexandra Adams, M.D., Ph.D., Director and Principal Investigator, CAIRHE, MSU

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.                   Break and Networking                                                                                       Ballroom BC

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                   Concurrent Sessions

Lab Sustainability                                                                                                                                             Room 233

Presenter: Kristin Blackler

Description coming soon.

Training: Lost in the Shuffle                                                                                                                   Alumni Lounge

Presenters: Kelly Beiswanger and Nicole Soll

Identifying training requirements for staff can be daunting. Are you constantly explaining which training course to take, chasing down training records, or struggling to connect certificates with corresponding protocols? Ensuring that staff receive the required training – initial and recurring – can be even more difficult. This course will outline several regulatory training requirements and how they can be delivered to staff. Multiple strategies for implementing compliant training systems will be discussed including CITI (tips, tricks, and customization options), in-house/in-person, and external remote for special groups.

Conducting and Preparing for Off Campus Research                                                                              Room 235

Presenters: Kyleen Breslin, Madison Myers, and Nika Stoop

Off campus research adds a level of compliance and safety that researchers must prepare for.  This session covers tools and resources researchers can utilize while preparing and conducting off campus research, field safety plan development, and responding to emergencies while in the field. 

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.        Break and Networking                                                                                                  Ballroom BC

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.        Concurrent Sessions

Laboratory Emergency Preparedness                                                                                                         Room 233

Presenter: Scott Sanders

Laboratory emergencies are (hopefully) a rare occurrence, and preparedness is often overlooked. It has been said that “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” This is especially true for the laboratory. Join this session to learn how to be prepared for worst case scenarios.

Post Approval Monitoring & Internal Audits: Are we doing what we said we'd do?            Alumni Lounge

Presenters: Lauren Cantamessa and Amy Robison

This session considers what happens to a research protocol after approval – and why it matters. In addition to standardized annual reviews, creating an internal Post-Approval Monitoring (“PAM”) Program for research follow-up can identify naturally occurring protocol drift, help Principal Investigators better understand regulations, build relationships with researchers, and assist your institution in preparing for an external audit. Example PAM rubrics will be shared.

Research Misconduct - "What is it? How does it happen? Could it happen to you?"                     Room 235

Presenter:  Kirk Lubick 

Scientists face many pressures in today’s “Publish or Perish” world. This session will discuss the core areas of Research Misconduct (fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism) and Responsible Conduct of Research (“RCR”). This session will discuss some of the pressures that appear to be common triggers for research misconduct and will also touch on real-life examples of research misconduct and how to prevent research misconduct occurring in your research career.    

4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                   Reception                                                                                                        Fireplace Room

Thursday, October 19

8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.                     Registration/Check-in                                                                    Hallway by Ballroom BC

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                  All Person Session                                                                                              Ballroom BC

A Researcher's Perspective

Vanessa Simonds, Associate Professor, MSU Department of Health & Human Development

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.               Break and Networking

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.               Concurrent Sessions

Preparing for Regulatory Inspections: It isn't a Question of if, but When                                        Room 233

Presenter: Mark DeWald

Regulatory agencies will come to your institution and perform an inspection. Day-to-day processes and maintenance will help keep you prepared for the inevitable notice of inspection. Once you receive the notice of inspection, the clock is ticking to provide any requested documents and to prepare your staff for the visitors. This session will offer guidance on how to prepare for an inspection, including normal operations, pre-inspection preparation, during the inspection process, and post-inspection close out.

IRB Roundtable Q & A                                                                                                                                      Room 236 

Presenters: Kelly Beiswanger, Nathan Munn, Michaela Shifley and Mark Quinn

AACUC, IACUC, IBC, LSC, and RSC  Roundtable  Q & A                                                                             Room 235

Presenters: Lauren Cantamessa, Nick Childs, Diane Dorgan and Amy Robison

Do you have specific questions about human, animal, biological, or radiological research compliance? Bring your questions to our panel of program managers, committee chairs, and other experts. Presenters may also speak on hot topics, unique experiences, and how they responded to challenging issues.

Mentor/Mentee Relationships "Setting Expectations"                                                                         Ballroom D

Presenters: Michael Babcock, Donna Negaard, and Nika Stoop

A critical component to a successful and enjoyable graduate tenure is a graduate student’s relationship with their mentor. Setting expectations for both the mentor and mentee from the onset, continuous and open communication, and mutual scientific engagement are critical pillars to a successful graduate career. This session will provide tools for developing strong and successful mentor and mentee relationships.     

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.               Break and Networking                                                                                      Ballroom BC

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.               All Person Session                                                                                             Ballroom BC


Nick Seedall, Special Agent, FBI

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                 Optional Tours with lunch (limited to 15)