Coffee Talks

Coffee Talks

Join us on your afternoon break for a casual conversation with peers to discuss and explore different topics from research administration. Coffee Talks are free for SRAI Full Members.  

  • Coffee Talks are a series of a one-hour virtual discussions.
  • Participants can earn a CEU (1 contact hour of education).
  • Subjects can range from hot topics in research administration to soft skills for the workplace.
SRAI's membership has a diverse roster of folks with many interesting perspectives and backgrounds. 

Let's get together and chat!

For questions, contact Debbie Appler.



Upcoming Coffee Talks

What is COVID-19 Changing in Clinical Research?
May 18 | 2:00 pm ET

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed additional strain on the conduct of clinical research in global, national, and local settings. The pandemic has changed the way we physically review research, prioritize research reviews, write consent forms, obtain consent, recruit subjects, conduct subject visits, collect data, and analyze and interpret data. It is unknown how these changes will impact study outcomes and the generation of new ideas to translate into medical practice. It is well known that translation of research into clinical practice is already slow and inefficient despite continuous administrative and management strategies to alleviate regulatory burdens. However, it might be that all is not lost in these unusual times, as novel changes have also occurred that improve facilitation of participant visits through telemedicine, simplify consent procedures, and speed up regulatory review processes as necessary. This Coffee Talk will allow attendees to think of creative ways to leverage these changes.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the changing environment in the pandemic era and how this is impacting regulatory management
  • Prioritization guidelines for reviewing protocols related to COVID-19 which minimizes barriers for quicker turnaround times for approval
  • Impact of COVID-19 on participant visits and the use of telemedicine in clinical research
  • Opportunities for process improvement and innovation to address the challenges caused by the pandemic
Content Level: Intermediate

Discussion Leaders:


Philip A. Cola
, PhD
Associate Professor of Management and Medicine
Director, Regulatory Knowledge and Support Component
Case Western Reserve University, CTSA

Tabatha Lemke
Project Manager
Sandford Health


Vicki McHugh
, MS-CRM
Administrative Director, Medical Research
Gundersen Medical Foundation


Kevin Titus, MBA
Business Director
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


Moderator: TBD!
Please register here

Registration is free for SRAI Full Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

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Submit questions for the Discussion Leaders in advance to Debbie Appler at srawebinars@srainternational.org.

Answering the Questions You're Asked: Tips for Helping Faculty Properly Disclose on Their FCOI Form
June 23 | 2:00 pm ET

The disclosure process for potential Financial Conflicts of Interests can be very confusing for many of your faculty. Many times they share more information than is necessary in one place and not enough in another. There is the added confusion in understanding when these forms should be updated or submitted in relation to an a grant submission. This coffee talk will provide practical tips for helping you demystify the process and ensure better responses from your faculty.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Anticipate areas that are most likely to confuse faculty
  2. Develop FAQs that will provide clarity on how to accurately get the right information
  3. Learn how to effectively review and process FCOI forms in a timely manner
Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:


Tolise Dailey

Training Manager
Johns Hopkins University


Ross Hickey
Assistant Provost Research Integrity
University of Southern Maine

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Dr. Marianne R. Woods
, PhD, JD
Faculty and Program Director
Master of Science in Research Administration
Johns Hopkins University


Moderator: TBD!
Please register here

Registration is free for SRAI Full Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

Not an SRAI Member? Review benefits and become a member


Submit questions for the Discussion Leaders in advance to Debbie Appler at srawebinars@srainternational.org.

Mid-Career: Where Do You Go From Here?
July 7 | 2:00 pm ET

More than ever research administration is an evolving profession. There are so many career paths across the spectrum of positions and institutions. Where are you now in your career path? This Coffee Talk will explore what it is to be mid-career whether you want to move up the ladder, climb on the “jungle gym,” or take in the view.

Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:


Karen Bone

Proposal & Contract Administrator
Florida Atlantic University


Sikirit Tijani
Director, Research Administration
Versiti


Moderator: TBA!
Please register here

Registration is free for SRAI Full Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

Not an SRAI Member? Review benefits and become a member


Submit questions for the Discussion Leaders in advance to Debbie Appler at srawebinars@srainternational.org.
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See what others are saying about Coffee Talks!


"Keep up the great work! Loved the interactive questions. Panelists were very adept at keeping the discussion on track and answering questions succinctly."
"I really enjoyed the format of this, and it was more interactive than I expected, which was nice. Great job!"
"I came away with several ideas that will help our office staff. I was happy I took the time to attend. An hour is manageable right now."
"The moderator of the session was exceptional. Exceptional!"