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Virtual Conference Preliminary Agenda (updated July 14, 2021)

All times shown are Eastern.

Monday, August 23

 11:30 AM Virtual Conference Opens
 12:00 PM Welcome and Platform Orientation
 12:15 PM Opening Remarks by Dr. Carolyn Clancy
 12:30 PM Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rachel Ramoni
 1:30 PM BREAK TIME for Exhibitor Presentations 
 2:00 PM

 Breakout Sessions:

  • Joint Recruitment Strategies and Role of the Nonprofit Corporations (NPC)
  • Tech Transfer Program Update
  • Successful practices for cultivating support from VA Medical Center Directors and Chiefs of Staff
 3:00 PM BREAK TIME for Exhibitor Presentations
 3:30 PM

 Breakout Sessions:

  • ACOS/AO/NPC Successful and Strong Relationships
  • IT Workgroup Updates
  • Protected Time for Research-Models to Consider
 4:30 PM Social Networking Rooms Open


Tuesday, August 24

 11:30 AM  Virtual Conference Opens
 12:00 PM  GENERAL SESSION - JAMES R. GAVIN III, MD, PhD 
 1:00 PM  BREAK TIME for Exhibitor Presentations 
 1:30 PM

 Breakout Sessions:

  • Should My VAMC Establish or Join a Non-Profit Corporation?
  • Partnered Research Program Update
  • Overview of VA Funding Sources
 2:30 PM  BREAK TIME for Exhibitor Presentations
 3:00 PM

 Breakout Sessions:

  • HR: Reviewing Changes in VA HR Policies & Processes (WOCs, J1 VISAs, etc.)
  • STAR Update
  • Affiliate Relations Best Practices
 4:00 PM  Social Networking Rooms Open



Wednesday, August 25

 11:30 AM  Virtual Conference Opens
 12:00 PM  GENERAL SESSION - AYMAN FANOUS, MD 
 1:00 PM  BREAK TIME for Exhibitor Presentations 
 1:30 PM

 Breakout Sessions:

  • VA Research Enterprise Activities
  • Finance:  NPC Reimbursement to VAMCs
  • Precision Oncology: Building a System of Excellence in Oncology Care
 2:30 PM  BREAK TIME for Exhibitor Presentations
 3:00 PM

 Breakout Sessions:

  • The New Normal Workplace - Working from Anywhere?
  • Modernizing Financial Systems
  • Beyond VAMC—Connecting with Other VAMCs
 4:00 PM  Conference Wrap-Up


NAVREF Awards Nominations

The National Association of Veterans’ Research and Education Foundations (NAVREF) is pleased to continue our “Awards for Distinguished Service & Innovation” for its fourth year. The awards will recognize professional contributions by individuals to NAVREF, its member nonprofit corporations (NPCs) or affiliated organizations within the fields of VA research and education.

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2020 Award Winners

Barbara West Award

Amy Kimball, CEO

Boston VA Research Institute

Board of Directors Award

Elaine Staats, Director of Sponsored Research

Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research

Innovations and Best Practice Award

Margaret Tiktin, Director of Clinical Research

VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System

1717 K ST NW Suite 900

Washington, DC 20006

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