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NAVREF Media Contacts

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Hawk Tran
Phone: 301-656-5005 ext. 101
1717 K ST NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006

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  • 5 Jul 2017 10:28 AM | Hawk Tran (Administrator)

    The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) announces today that the National Association of Veterans’ Research and Education Foundations (NAVREF) is the latest subscriber to ACRP’s Site License program for clinical research training.

    The program provides NAVREF members access to ACRP’s full catalog of online clinical research training programs.

    With 20-plus programs included in ACRP’s eLearning curriculum delivered on a state-of-the-art Learning Management System, NAVREF members now have direct access via a site license to one of the most well respected and highest quality suite of training programs available on the market.

    The proprietary, NAVREF-branded hosting environment not only provides cutting-edge clinical research training, but administrator control of user and learner records.

    “We are thrilled to work with NAVREF as the latest organization to license the full suite of ACRP eLearning training programs,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “NAVREF is an outstanding organization with a true commitment to quality and we’re honored that they trust ACRP to provide an additional element of training for their members.”

    “We’re excited to partner with ACRP to provide this terrific learning opportunity to clinical research professionals associated with NAVREF and our member nonprofit corporations,” said Rick Starrs, NAVREF Chief Executive Officer.

    “NAVREF is offering this free training to ensure site staff have the tools they need to conduct safe and high-quality research focused on improving the health of veterans.”

    ACRP’s eLearning programs are developed with the distinct goal to drive performance improvement for those engaged in clinical research. Each program delivers interactive material aimed at enhancing human subject protection, data quality, and regulatory compliance for organizations of all size within the clinical research space.

    This article was a jointly produced by NAVREF and ACRP and also appears on the ACRP website here.

  • 3 Apr 2017 5:08 PM | Hawk Tran (Administrator)

    Non Profit Association Seeks Broader Impact

    (Washington, D.C.) - The Board of Directors of the National Association of Veterans' Research and Education Foundations announces the appointment of Stephen R. Conafay to the NAVREF Board as a Class B Director. Mr. Conafay is the sole principal at The Conafay Group, a government relations and management consulting firm that specializes in representing biomedical companies.

    “We are thrilled to have Steve join our board,” said Board Chair Priscilla West. “His experience, expertise, and passion for supporting veterans will be tremendous assets to the board and the 80 VA-affiliated nonprofit research and education foundations that comprise our membership.” Mr. Conafay is a veteran Washington, D.C. government affairs executive with decades of experience in non-dilutive funding, federal affairs and public policy. Mr. Conafay is a lawyer and a decorated Vietnam veteran. He served as an infantry platoon leader and was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal, among others.

    Mr. Conafay has a deep association with the US military. His father served in World War I and then worked for the Veterans Administration for almost 30 years. His son John served honorably in the Air Force. “My emotional attachment to the military is one thing, but I believe my perspective as a lawyer, pharmaceutical executive, Washington lobbyist, public relations executive, and small business owner who has close ties to the biotechnology industry will provide some seasoned and imaginative viewpoints to achieving NAVREF’s mission.”

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