2009 Human Research Protection Award Recipients Announced

Bethesda, Maryland (November 30, 2009) — Awards for Excellence in Human Research Protection were announced today by Dr. Peter G. Goldschmidt, President and Founder of the Health Improvement Institute. Recipients of an Award of Excellence in best practice included:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), Common Language for Risks and Events Database. This database assists study teams in writing and amending consent forms to include language considered acceptable by the DFCI Institutional Review Board. This tool can be used 1) to reduce confusion among study participants in understanding consent documents and 2) to limit the conditions for approval of research due to unsuitable lay language for risks and events in the consent form document.

National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project. This comprehensive program maintains research compliance at two levels: 1) directed at institutional oversight procedures and 2) directed at ensuring patient-specific quality control practices for the signed and dated informed consent documents submitted by the participating sites at the time of patient entry.

Washington University in St. Louis, Ethic Series. Ethic series elicits thought and discussion in areas pertinent to human subjects’ research that do not have clear cut right and wrong choices or answers but that need to be considered in order to carry out human subjects’ research as ethically as possible.

“The Award program offers a way to gain positive recognition for excellence in the field of human research protection,” said Dr. Goldschmidt. “This year’s awards continue the high standard in best practices that have been submitted for an Award since the program began."

Awards are given for demonstrated excellence in promoting the well being of people who participate in research. The Health Improvement Institute created this Award program. The Office of Human Research Protection was its founding sponsor. Judges and Committee and Award Advisory Board members are volunteers. This year’s judges were drawn from provider, research review, compliance, legal, and consulting organizations.

For information about the 2010 Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection