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  • 18 Mar 2020 10:12 AM | Hawk Tran (Administrator)

    These are certainly unique times requiring unprecedented actions.  We hope you, your families, and your staffs are staying healthy and safe.  Our highest priority during this time should be the health and safety of families, friends, colleagues, patients, and neighbors.  In many cases, this means working from home and in some cases it means slowing or stopping business operations.  One of our biggest challenges is dealing with the uncertainty. Our businesses are inter-connected with so many controlling factors that a shortfall in just one area can have significant and lasting consequences for the enterprise.   

    The NAVREF Board held our regularly scheduled quarterly board meeting on Monday.  Instead of being together in Dallas, we were looking at each other through computer screens via GoToMeeting.  We tried to find ways in which we could possibly help the NPCs get through these difficult times.  We spoke with Dr. Ramoni about the expected impacts to VA research and the NPCs.  Please see attached guidance on ORD-funded research signed by Dr. Ramoni that was disseminated last night.  Note that decisions about externally-funded research are being left to each facility. 

    We are aware of communication from a number of pharma sponsors who are placing enrollment holds on open studies.  Please see attached message from Boehringer-Ingelheim as one example.  Reach out to your sponsor with any study-specific questions.  As Krissa gets information from sponsors, she will immediately share with impacted sites and we will post to our website. 

    We will continue to advocate for the NPCs and raise visibility of NPC issues to VA and congressional leaders as necessary.  We encourage you to reach out directly to us with any concerns, requests for action, or recommendations.  We will make information available to you as quickly and as efficiently as possible to help reduce the uncertainty.  We recommend you consider the following options:

    Ours is a community with great spirit and camaraderie.  Continue reaching out to each other to keep spirits up and to stay connected.  Your NAVREF team remains fully-engaged, available to you, and committed to the on-going success of you and your nonprofit. 

    Be well, be safe, be strong.

    Rick, Hawk, & Krissa


  • 11 Mar 2020 10:11 AM | Hawk Tran (Administrator)

    As part of NAVREF’s mission to advance the success of the VA-affiliated research and education corporations, we host an annual conference and several workshops throughout the year. These meetings are essential opportunities to learn best practices, engage your peers, and build connections. However, we are also committed to the health and safety of our members, and we are always vigilant about monitoring the local conditions where these events are held.

    COVID-19 is a developing situation and, like all of you, we are monitoring it closely. We are continuing to confidently plan for the NAVREF Annual Conference September 13-16, 2020 in Washington DC, the NPC Essentials Workshop April 16-17, 2020, in Denver, and a potential Grants Management Workshop in July 2020. We currently have no plans to postpone or cancel either of the scheduled events.

    We remain in close contact with hotel representatives on sanitary, health, and other measures that should be in place at the facilities hosting these events. We continue to monitor guidelines from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other pertinent public health organizations as part of our collective responsibility to focus on the facts and to act with common sense and sound judgment.  As part of our balanced approach, we are also evaluating our options for virtual presentation should this option be needed.

    Members are advised to check the NAVREF website. We will update it regularly as the situation evolves and make sure it contains links to reliable public health resources.

    We look forward to seeing some of you in Denver and all of you later this year in DC!

    Links Updated as of March 10, 2020: 

    Colorado COVID-19 Information:   https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/environmental-health/news/coronavirus-info.html

    CDC COVID-19 Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

    WHO COVID-19 Information: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019


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