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Clinical Research Education Series (CRES)

Clinical Research Education Series (CRES)

What is CRES?

The ITHS CRES is a continuing education and networking series for research coordinators and other research staff interested in clinical research topics. Currently, CRES events are 90-minute virtual events which mix didactic and interactive elements.

(Before COVID, 2-hour in‐person events were held between Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, and the University of Washington. The first half of each event focused on the presentation of a clinical research topic area, with the second half featuring networking and interaction with fellow attendees to discuss presentation points, exchange ideas, and share experiences.)


Who should attend CRES?

CRES is designed for research professionals of all levels of experience who perform research coordination duties in the health sciences fields at:

  • Fred Hutch
  • Harborview Medical Center
  • Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Seattle Children’s
  • University of Washington
  • Institutions throughout the five‐state WWAMI region

Are there options for off‐site coordinators?

Coordinators from any location are welcome to register for and attend our current slate of virtual events.

(Before COVID, CRES was an in‐person event hosted in Seattle. The continuing education part of CRES was webcast live for off‐site participants. We also post handouts on the ITHS website to prompt reflections and to facilitate networking conversations offline.)

More questions about CRES?

Please contact the education team by email at with any questions.

More Information

View presentations, tools, and handouts from previous CRES events.

Upcoming and Past Events

Designing and Presenting Your Scientific Poster @ On-Line Event
Apr 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm


During this session you will learn some rough guidelines on what to include in each section of a scientific poster and how to pitch that content when you have to present at a conference or online. Included in this will be suggestions on how to make your poster more engaging, as well as some tips to avoid producing a terrible poster.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session, participants will:

  1. List three design choices to make a poster more engaging to increase the effectiveness of their message.
  2. Describe two suggestions how to make the presentation of their poster more impressive and compelling.

Schedule of Activities

  • 12:30-12:35pm – Welcome and Introductions
  • 12:35-1:55pm – Presentation + Q&A
  • 1:55-2:00pm – Thank You and Feedback Survey

About the Speaker

Michael Louella has worked in HIV treatment research for 20+ years, engaging communities affected by HIV in Seattle and across the U.S. in clinical trials towards the treatment and potential elimination of HIV. From 2009 to 2014, he served as the Chair of the Outreach, Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee for the AIDS Clinical Trials Group, teaching the network’s members and protocol chairs design techniques to make their flyers and posters more effective and pleasing. Michael currently serves on the national steering committee for The Reunion Project, the national alliance of long-term survivors of HIV, collaborating with local and national HIV advocates, providers and researchers to create events for HIV long term survivors in the Seattle area.

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