Monthly Education Sessions

The NRP hosts a variety of educational seminars to support continuing education for research professionals on campus. These programs have been approved by ACRP for contact hours at no cost.

If you plan to attend any of our upcoming events, please register via the UNC-Chapel Hill Event Registration website at or by clicking the REGISTER button on the desired session.

Browse previous education sessions below. Recordings and slides are available for many of the events.

Questions about educational opportunities? Contact Sandy Barnhart.

Next session

Inequality and Subjective Status: Why economic inequality is more than economics

October 21, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Keith Payne, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Dr. Payne will present a framework for understanding how inequality affects individual outcomes based on people’s tendency to judge their own needs in comparison to others. Learn how economic inequality shapes human decision making, attitudes, and behavior.


Past Sessions

Click the year to view slides and recordings of past NRP education sessions. (NOTE: Recordings are hosted on various platforms depending on how each session was recorded.)

Patient-Centered Research and Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement

Sep 16, 2021

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Provide an overview of approaches, resources, and projects conducted at the UNC Kidney Center to educate and involve stakeholders throughout research processes.

  • Outline patient-centered approaches to conducting research
  • Describe methods for meaningful stakeholder engagement throughout all research stages
  • Highlight resources developed at the UNC Kidney Center


Adeline Dorough, MPH — UNC Kidney Center

Introduction to WCG IRB Connexus

Jul 21, 2021

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  • Introduction to the new WCG IRB Connexus
  • Highlighting what’s new
  • System walkthrough
  • New submission workflow
  • System transition “need to know” information
  • Resources and support


Deena Horowitz — Manager, Institutions Partnership at WIRB

Preventing and Treating COVID-19: Where do we go from here?

Jun 17, 2021

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  • Provide latest updates and strategies to protect yourself and your communities
  • Describe approved, and next stage investigational treatments and trials
  • Current and future impact of COVID-19 on the research agenda


Myron Cohen, MD – Director, Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases

Never Stop Learning: Don’t Avoid Thinking by Being Busy!

May 20, 2021

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  • Evaluate the challenges that limit learning and process improvement
  • Identify how to engage employees in improvement initiatives
  • Investigate how to build a learning organization that can innovate continuously


Bradley Staats, Associate Dean of MBA Programs

Research Health Informatics with Epic@UNC

Apr 15, 2021

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  • Overview/success stories of using myUNCchart for patient recruitment
  • review Epic@UNC security and feature updates and enhancements
  • overview and use cases for Best Practice Advisories within Epic for research studies


Adam Lee, NC TraCS

Stephanie Deen, UNC Health

Developing an Appropriate Data and Safety Monitoring Plan

Mar 18, 2021

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  • Describe appropriate monitoring of research
  • Differentiate between a monitoring plan (DSMP) and a monitoring board (DSMB)
  • Identify what to include in a monitoring plan
  • Identify roles and responsibilities of a DSMB
  • Understand how to complete the monitoring section of the UNC IRB application


Marie Rape, RN, BSN

Investigational Drug Services – New Billing Model Introduction and Discussion

Feb 18, 2021

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Presenters from the Investigational Drug Services (IDS) Pharmacy discuss their new billing models.

  • Explain details of IDS billing model
  • Define terms used in IDS billing model
  • Respond to questions from research community regarding IDS billing

Andrew Thorne, PharmD, MS, System Clinical Manager, IDS Pharmacy

Justin Davis, Reimbursement Analyst
IDS Pharmacy

Understanding When Assays Become Investigational Devices

Jan 21, 2021

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Presenters from the UNC Office of Human Research Ethics help attendees better understand the relationship between assays and investigational devices.

  • Understand the different stages of assay development and apply the applicable regulatory framework, specifically investigational devices regulations
  • Accurately complete the IRBIS application, Assay tables, and consent forms to facilitate IRB review processes
  • Evaluate when a modification occurs how this will impact the regulatory framework and IRB requirements


Cassie Myers, CIP, Director, UNC OHRE

Mike Matamoros, MS, CIP, IRB Quality Improvement/Assurance Manager, UNC OHRE

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