2013 Human Research Protection Award Recipients Announced

Bethesda, Maryland (December 12, 2013) — Awards for Excellence in Human Research Protection for 2013 were announced today by Dr. Peter G. Goldschmidt, President and Founder of the Health Improvement Institute.

Winner of the Annual Award for Innovation was the Professionalism and Integrity in Research Program for its P.I. Program Workshop. Created by Dr. James M. DuBois and colleagues at the Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis with funding from the National Insititue of Health, this serves as the first remediation program for researchers who engaged in wrongdoing or persistent noncompliance. The program was developed by a team of clinical, educational, industrial-organizational, and social psychologists, with guidance from experts in research ethics, regulations, and administration.

Winner of the Annual Award for Lifetime Achievement was Will C.van den Hoonaard. Dr. van den Hoonaard has served the research-ethics community in various capacities including the Canadian Interagency Panel on Reseearch Ethics, involvement in research-ethics journals, numerous guest lectures, and author and editor of several books. Dr. van den Hoonaard is Professor Emeritus at the University of New Brunswick, and Research Associate at the Atlantic Centre for Qualitative Research and Analysis, Saint Thomas University. Both universities are located in Frederiction, NB, Canada.

Recipients of an Award of Excellence for Best Practice included:

Recipients of an Award of Excellence for Lifetime Achievement included:

“The Award program offers positive recognition for excellence in the field of human research protection,” said Dr. Goldschmidt. “This year’s awards continue the high standard that we have seen since the program began. We congratulate the winners.” 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. This year’s judges were drawn from academic, compliance, consulting, health services, legal, and research review organizations.

About Health Improvement Institute

Health Improvement Institute is a non-profit, tax exempt, 501(c)3, charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality and productivity of America's health care. The Institute's principal program objective is to provide information to enable people to make informed health care choices. The Institute establishes guidelines, evaluates the quality of health information on the Internet, conducts forums and workshops, and sponsors national awards programs to recognize excellence. For more information, visit www.hii.org.

For information about the 2013 Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection, please contact the Award Coordinator at 301-320-0965 or by email at Award@hii.org.