Emergency Clinical Research Symposium 

2024 Agenda Coming Soon!

(Previous Years Agenda Included Below)


8:00-8:30         Registration and Continental Breakfast (Provided)

8:30-9:00         Introduction to Emergency Research Conference

Silas Bussmann MPH, MBA Lecturer III Clinical Research, UNM Department of Emergency Medicine
Mr Bussmann will provide an introduction and overview to the Emergency ResearchConference. During this time there will be discussion to assist the faculty in getting to know our attendees and their learning objectives.

9:00-10:00       Management of a U.S. Multi-center Emergency Department Study Network – EMERGEncy ID NET

Anusha Krishnadasan, PhD, Project Director of Research, Olive View-UCLA Education and Research Institute

Dr. Krishnadasan will be presenting a brief history of EMERGEncy ID NET and its successful research conducted over the last 25 years. She will present the operations and logistics of managing the network’s set up, collaborations, and study activities on a limited federal budget.  

10:00 - 10:15   Break and opportunity for networking          

10:15 - 11:45   Program Management in Emergency Medicine

Silas Bussmann MPH, MBA Lecturer III Clinical Research, UNM Department of Emergency Medicine

Mr. Bussmann will share site-level structures and strategies used for managing and administering a sustainable research enterprise.  This session will include both lecture and exercises for skill development.   While this may be most relevant to those working at or in collaboration with academic medical centers, the basic management tenants are transferable or adaptable to a variety of team-based research settings.

11:45 - 12:30   Lunch (Provided)

12:30 - 1:30     Emergency Research Regulations 

Elizabeth Mendelsohn Research Compliance Analyst/IRB Committee Coordinator

Ms. Mendelsohn will review current regulations related to emergency research.

1:30 - 2:30       Consent?  But it’s an emergency! The world of EFIC research

Jenny Cook BA, GCPH, Research Associate, Oregon Health and Science University

Ms. Cook will guide us on a dive into the world of Exception from Informed Consent (EFIC) Research.  She will cover the rules and guidelines that govern EFIC approved studies, the wide world of community consultation and public disclosure, and best practices from real world scenarios.

2:30 - 2:45       Break and opportunity for networking

2:45 - 4:00       Managing Clinical Research Trials that Enroll Pediatric Participants in Emergency Settings

Brenda Barton, RN, BSN, CCRP Nurse Project Manager and Ashley Kuniholm Regulatory Affairs Specialist Boston Children’s Hospital
Anusha Krishnadasan, PhD, Project Director of Research, Olive View-UCLA Education and Research Institute

Ms. Barton and Ms. Kuniholm will present lessons learned to aid research staff involved in coordinating trials in an emergency setting that enroll pediatric participants or who are interested in learning key elements involved for enrolling this vulnerable population in clinical research trials. This session will review regulatory considerations to be addressed prior to initiation of clinical trial and the need for precise planning to ensure that study safety and study integrity is maintained while in the emergency setting.


8:30 - 9:00         Continental Breakfast (Provided)

9:00 - 10:30     Developing Study Budgets for Emergency Research

Lisa Benson, BS, CCRP, CRCP, Senior Vice President, Clinical Site Network, Quality and Education Institute for Advanced Clinical Trials for Children

Ms. Benson will provide information on how to develop a study budget for emergency research including contracting and payment terms while addressing differences impacting budgets compared to routine clinical trials. 

10:30 - 10:45   Break and opportunity for networking

10:45 - 12:15   Emergency Research Problems and Solutions – Round Tables

Silas Bussmann MPH, MBA Lecturer III Clinical Research, UNM Department of Emergency Medicine
Susan Devine, CCRP, Research Consultant

Mr. Bussmann and Ms. Devine will facilitate round table discussion between faculty and participants on important issues they are facing in emergency research. Solutions will be reported back to the group as a whole.

12:15 - 1:00     Lunch (Provided)

1:00 - 2:00       Sponsor and CRO perspectives in Emergency Care Research

Alicia Sable-Hunt, RN, MBA, CCRA, ACRP-PM, President, Edwards-Hunt Group

There are three keys elements to building a successful relationship with and among site, CRO and sponsor: ownership of professional role (e.g. RA, CRC, CRA, etc.), ability to communicate your/your site’s expertise to the other party and, recognition that we all have a critical role in the drug/device development/approval process..

2:00 - 2:45      Operating a Research Associate Program in Emergency Medicine

Silas Bussmann MPH, MBA Lecturer III Clinical Research

Opportunities for students, even in clinical education tracks, to gain exposure to hospital-based research are very limited.  Mr. Bussmann will present the structure and function of a Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) in Emergency Medicine, discuss needs and strategies for program start-up and why the emergency department is an ideal setting for learners new to clinical research.  

2:45 - 3:00       Break and opportunity for networking

3:00 - 4:00       Compassionate Use and Emergency Use Drugs in Emergency Research

April Lehman, MSPPM, Regulatory Specialist, University of Pittsburgh

Ms. Lehman provide an overview of the FDA Expanded Access Program related to investigational drugs.  Detailed information will be presented on the process for submitting an Emergency Use Request to the FDA for expanded access to an investigational drug.

4:00 - 4:30       Close - Group Discussion - Q & A