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Winter 2024 Virtual Mini-Conference for Research Coordinators

Winter 2024 Virtual Mini-Conference for Research Coordinators

February 6, 2024 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
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ITHS Education Team

Join us and your fellow research coordinator peers for a keynote and breakout sessions to learn
more about “Managing Expectations, Time, and Boundaries with Communication Tools” for your career and development. Learn more and register here.


Manage Expectations, Own Your Boundaries, Protect Your Scope: How to anticipate times when your boundaries may be challenged, and plan your communication for successful outcomes

Navigating the world of clinical research can be challenging with different, and sometimes, competing expectations coming from participants, investigators, study monitors and others. Understanding and meeting expectations within professionally defined boundaries is crucial to sustain success in all careers, especially clinical research.  Come for the real talk about situations research professionals face daily.  Stay for the solutions you can use in your everyday communication to create shared understanding of expectations, boundaries and scope of responsibility.


Round One

  • Topic 1A: Have a KNACK for Managing Up? Five Behaviors for Actively Making Professional Relationships Engaging and Productive
  • Topic 1B: Pre-Screener 101
  • Topic 1C: What Really Matters for You and for Us

Round Two

  • Topic 2A: Time Management
  • Topic 2B: REDCap in the WWAMI Region
  • Topic 2C: What Really Matters for You and for Us


Kara Cooper is the training manager for the Research Integration Hub. She got her start in clinical research as a University of Washington undergraduate working “bedside to bench” in the labor and delivery unit at University of Washington Medical Center, where she recruited families from the unit, collected placenta and cord blood samples, and then processed them in a lab down the hall from the primate center. Seeing how research changes lives, she gave up her dream of being a PR rep for the rich and famous. Instead, she spent the next twenty years working as a clinical research coordinator at Fred Hutch and then Seattle Children’s where she oversaw studies ranging from metastatic pancreas cancer to pediatric Hepatitis C.

In her new role, she is creating centralized training and educational resources for clinical research professionals and working to create career development pathways to improve the visibility and accessibility to “the best job no one has heard of.”