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2021 Creative Scientist Workshop- Remote Trials: Future or Fiasco?



Join the University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research (SCTR) Institute for a one-day virtual workshop on remote trials.

The biennial Creative Scientist Workshops (CSWs) are not standard conferences. The facilitated workshop format employs a creative problem-solving approach now being used by NSF, NIH and NCATS to catalyze scientific innovation. The workshop will include a series of keynote presentations in the morning followed by small-group, interactive sessions in which content from earlier in the day will be applied to designing and reimagining example trials.

The keynotes and Q&A sessions are open to all registrants. However, because the afternoon sessions will be highly interactive, only a limited number attend the afternoon sessions. Registration materials will be reviewed by the CSW Planning Committee in late October to select participants for the small-group interactive sessions (based on responses to questions in the registration form and availability to participate in the entire workshop). We particularly encourage registration by active researchers/scholars/administrators affiliated with CTSA institutions and collaborating partners, representatives of funding agencies, and industry experts.

All workshop participants will:

  • Learn state-of-the-art frameworks and approaches, as well as strengths, opportunities, and challenges for remote trial methods, via a series of keynote addresses by speakers from throughout the CTSA network and beyond (see Workshop Speakers below); and
  • “Return home” from the virtual event better equipped to develop innovative, collaborative projects and proposals to advance translational science and best practices in the area of remote trial methods.

Participants in the afternoon sessions will:

  • Collaborate with other participants their knowledge and content from earlier in the day in small-group, interactive sessions focused on designing and reimagining example trials. Participants will apply new evidence-base approaches, reveal critical barriers and needs, and propose creative solutions for the next generation of observational and clinical trials.

Workshop Speakers

Daniel Ford, MD, MPH.

Remote Clinical Trials: Theory Meets Real World
Daniel Ford, MD, MPH
Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research



The Future of Clinical Trials: How Will New Technologies Affect the Lives of Participants?
Andy Coravos
Co-Founder and CEO


A Translational Science Perspective on Remote Trial Methods
Larry Hawk, PhD
Director, UB CTSI Creative Scientist Workshops
20th Century Club Professor, Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences, University at Buffalo


How Do I Know That My Participant Is Who They Say They Are? Identifying and Preventing Fraud in Remote Trials
Jennifer Dahne, PhD
Co-Director, 2021 Creative Scientist Workshop
Co-Director, MUSC Remote and Virtual Clinical Trials
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina


Title tbd
Eric Hekler, PhD
Director, Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
University of California San Diego


Inclusive Participation in Remote Trials
Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD
Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Institutes of Health


Workshop Agenda


Time Title and Presenter
10:00 AM EST Welcome

Timothy F. Murphy, MD

SUNY Distinguished Professor
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research
Director, University at Buffalo CTSI
Director, Community Health Equity Research Institute

Andy Burnett
CEO and Managing Director

10:10 AM EST Keynote Address 1 – Daniel Ford, MD, MPH
10:30 AM EST Keynote Address 2 – Andy Coravos
10:50 AM EST Keynote Address 3 – Larry Hawk, PhD
11:10 AM EST Q&A
11:25 AM EST Break
11:40 AM EST Keynote 4 – Jennifer Dahne, PhD
12:00 PM EST Keynote 5 – Eric Hekler, PhD
12:30 PM EST Keynote 6 – Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD
  1:00 PM EST Q&A
  1:15 PM EST Lunch
  1:45 PM EST Small-Group Trial Design – Setup
  1:55 PM EST Small-Group Trial Design – Session 1
  2:40 PM EST Shared Learnings with Colleagues
  3:10 PM EST Break
  3:30 PM EST Small-Group Trial Design – Session 2
  4:15 PM EST Shared Learnings with Colleagues
  4:45 PM EST Feedback Survey
  4:55 PM EST Wrap Up
  5:00 PM EST Adjourn

Have questions? Contact CTSI Senior Research Administrator Erin O’Byrne at


Research reported in this program was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award number UL1TR001412 to the University at Buffalo and award number UL1TR001450 to the Medical University of South Carolina. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.


November 09, 2021


10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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