2011 Human Research Protection Award Recipients Announced

Bethesda, Maryland (December 20, 2011) — Awards for Excellence in Human Research Protection for 2011 were announced today by Dr. Peter G. Goldschmidt, President and Founder of the Health Improvement Institute.

Winner of the Annual Award for Best Practice was:

Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center, Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA) for its best practice, Harvard Catalyst Master Common Reciprocal Institutional Review Board (IRB) Reliance Agreement. The agreement supports a framework that smoothes the review of proposed multicenter human studies by reducing the administrative burden on IRBs, increasing the efficiency of review, and, when utilized, facilitates best practices for research participants by preventing disparities among protocols and informed consent forms that often occur in multi-IRB reviews.

Recipients of an Award of Excellence for Best Practice included:

“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 applications 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 2012 Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection