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2021 Sponsors

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Opportunity Still Available

Silver Sponsors


Opportunities Still Available


Contact NAVREF to inquire about our 2021 conference sponsor/exhibition opportunities by emailing info@navref.org or by
calling 301-656-5005


Conference Questions?

Hawk Tran - Operations Officer
htran@navref.org

David Grajales - Event Coordinator
dgrajales@navref.org


It's a twofer! Get ready for our first two-part conference!

NAVREF is planning to host two conferences this year! The first will be our virtual conference from August 23-25th and then an in-person conference in New Orleans, September 12-15th.


So what's a twofer? A two for one special!

By registering for the in-person conference, you will automatically get free registration to the virtual conference as well! Not interested in NOLA? No problem. You can choose the Virtual-Only option below to register just for the virtual conference.


Register Here for New Orleans +PLUS        Register Here for Virtual-Only

Virtual Conference Preliminary Agenda (updated May 4, 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:

  • How to attract and retain investigators and communicate opportunities
  • TTP Update
  • Best practices for cultivating support from your Medical Center Director and Chief of Staff
 3:00 PM BREAK TIME for Exhibitor Presentations
 4:00 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 (tentative)
 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:

  • Precision Oncology Collaboration between Clinical & Research
  • 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 (tentative)
 1:00 PM  BREAK TIME for Exhibitor Presentations 
 1:30 PM

 Breakout Sessions:

  • Enterprise Solutions - Centralized Support
  • Finance:  NPC Reimbursement to VAMCs
  • Military exposures research
 2:30 PM  BREAK TIME for Exhibitor Presentations
 3:00 PM

 Breakout Sessions:

  • HR: Hybrid Workplaces/teams/communication
  • Modernizing Financial Systems
  • Beyond VAMC—connecting with other VAMCs
 4:00 PM  6th Annual Awards Presentation


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.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN - Download the form here


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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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