Event Calendar

Chapter Co-Chairs:

Linda Arns
Phone: 507 288 8441

Tammy Neseth
Phone: 507 266 4051

Southeast Minnesota

SOCRA Southeast Minnesota Chapter 

Sixth Annual Education Conference 

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 

Time: 8:40 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Location: Mayo Clinic- Leighton Auditorium- Siebens Building  (2nd Floor)  

9:00 a.m.                Welcome

9:10 a.m.                Malignant Melanoma: Update 2018 (1 Therapeutic CE)
                                Svetomir Markovic, M.D., Ph.D
, Consultant, Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic


  1. Update on most recently approved treatments for advanced melanoma
  2. A preview of developing work in advanced melanoma


10:10 a.m.               IMPACT: Adipose Tissue Collection and Stem Cell Manufacturing                                         (1 Therapeutic CE)
                                Karen Krucker, RN, CCRP, Cell Therapy Program Manager, Mayo Clinic


  1. Describe how adipose tissue is collected for stem cell manufacturing
  2.  Describe the basic steps used in manufacturing stem cells
  3. Understand the complexities associated with GMP collection and manufacturing

11:10 a.m.           Break

11:30 a.m.                An Overview of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) Research                                           (1 Therapeutic CE)
                                 Jessica Smidt CVT, KPA-CTP and Stephanie Clark PhD, CVT, Mayo Clinic


  1. Describe the history of AAT and previous research
  2. Discuss the challenges with AAT research                                                                                                 

12:30 p.m.        Lunch (on your own or optional fundraiser Lunch provided by United
                               Redeemer Lutheran Church for their upcoming San Lucas Mission Trip)


1:15 p.m.                Investigators Responsibilities (1 Regulatory CE)
                                 Ashwani Khurana, PhD., Sr. Regulatory Analyst, Mayo Clinic


  1. Describe the role and responsibilities for Principal Investigators
  2. Discuss the additional responsibilities for Sponsor Investigators                                                  

2:15 p.m.                     Break

2:30 p.m.            The Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Point of Care to Increase
                           Clinical Trial Enrollment  
                                      (1 Regulatory CE)
                           Kate Pomperleau, M.B.A, Manager - Research Systems, Mayo Clinic


  1.  Understanding the need to increase enrollment in clinical trials
  2.   Understanding provider, patient and system barriers to clinical trial enrollment
  3.  Implementation of AI tools to assist in matching patients to clinical trials efficiently, effectively and accurately


3:30 p.m.                   An Integrated Approach to the Study of Sex-Specific Health
                                    Risk along Life's Journey
                 (1 Therapeutic CE)
                                     Virginia Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology and Surgery, Mayo Clinic


  1.  List factors contributing to sex differences
  2.  List at least three processes by which sex influences development of cardiovascular disease
  3.  Articulate why we need sex differences research

4:30 p.m.                     Closing Remarks and Adjourn 

Cost: Free, but please register for planning purposes.




Directions to the auditorium and parking information will be available through registration.


Please note: Bring your own coffee/tea/soda!


SOCRA members will have the opportunity to earn 6 CEUs (2 Regulatory and 4 Therapeutic Towards recertification). At the conclusion of the conference SOCRA members will receive a Certificate of Attendance