The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

ACRP Annual Awards

The ACRP Annual Awards program recognizes individual and team achievement, service to the organization, public service, and excellence and/or innovation in clinical research in eight award categories.

The nominations period for ACRP Annual Awards is open from August 1 – September 30, 2017. Expand the awards below to submit a nomination for yourself, your organization, or someone you know.

NEW—Innovation in Workforce Development Award

The Innovation in Workforce Development Award recognizes an organization that exemplifies the spirit of creativity and innovation through adaptation, improvement, or development of new processes or tools that result in improvement in workforce development quality.

SUBMIT A NOMINATION

Recipient Criteria

  • The organization must have been in existence for at least two years prior to nomination.
  • The organization may be located in any geographic location.
  • Nominations must discuss a reproducible project or activity that created, adapted, or improved workforce development processes with measurable outcomes.
  • Three award finalists will be invited to the ACRP Meeting & Expo where they will provide a 20-minute presentation. Finalists are required to attend and present in order to be eligible to win the award.

Nomination & Selection Process

  • An organizational representative will complete the online application.
  • The Awards & Recognition Committee will review all applicants and choose three finalists. The finalists will present a 20-minute presentation at the ACRP Annual Meeting & Expo. The award receipt will be chosen by a panel of judges after the finalists give their presentations. A recipient for the ACRP Innovation in Workforce Development award might not be selected every year.

Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Research by a CRC

The Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Research by a CRC Award recognizes a member who is active as a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) and has made exceptional leadership/practice contributions that have furthered the vision and mission of ACRP – to promote excellence in clinical research.

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Recipient Criteria

  • Must be an active ACRP member in good standing.
  • May reside in any geographic location.
  • Nominated in one of four role-based categories.
  • Must demonstrate leadership and service achievement that has resulted in significant contribution to furthering the ACRP mission and vision. The contribution may be an accumulation of contribution over several years.

Nomination & Selection Process

  • Self-nominated or nominated by another individual from the ACRP membership (including volunteer leaders) via annual solicitation. Awards & Recognition Committee Members may also directly solicit and submit nominations from contacts throughout the ACRP and Clinical Research community.
  • Individuals must complete the online application requirements and submit to ACRP by the deadline.
  • ACRP Staff will provide committee with information on candidates regarding history of contributions to Clinical Research Profession. Information will be collected via internet and direct contact with nominee’s offices and contacts.
  • The Awards & Recognition Committee reviews available information and selects award candidate based on criteria.
  • A recipient for the each of the four Outstanding Leadership awards may not be selected every year.

2017 Award Winner

Karina Bertsch, Clinical Research Coordinator, Lifespan, Providence, Rhode Island

Karina Bertsch has worked in clinical research for 17 years, initially in socio-behavioral research then in QA for oncology trials. In 2006, she was hired to create a clinical research program for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, the teaching hospital for Brown University. The program operates in one of the busiest emergency rooms in the country and facilitates a wide variety of clinical research trials for a large number of researchers and sponsors. Ms. Bertsch continues to oversee this program as well as lecture at Brown about the history of human subject research regulations. She is a member of the Rhode Island Hospital IRB and sits on the Brown University CTSA Workplace Development Advisory Committee. From 2010-2012, Ms. Bertsch served as the Technical Editor for The International Emergency Medicine Literature Review.

Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Research by a CRA

The Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Research by a CRA Award recognizes a member who is active as a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) and has made exceptional leadership/practice contributions that have furthered the vision and mission of ACRP – to promote excellence in clinical research.

SUBMIT A NOMINATION

Recipient Criteria

  • Must be an active ACRP member in good standing.
  • May reside in any geographic location.
  • Nominated in one of four role-based categories.
  • Must demonstrate leadership and service achievement that has resulted in significant contribution to furthering the ACRP mission and vision. The contribution may be an accumulation of contribution over several years.

Nomination & Selection Process

  • Self-nominated or nominated by another individual from the ACRP membership (including volunteer leaders) via annual solicitation. Awards & Recognition Committee Members may also directly solicit and submit nominations from contacts throughout the ACRP and Clinical Research community.
  • Individuals must complete the online application requirements and submit to ACRP by the deadline.
  • ACRP Staff will provide committee with information on candidates regarding history of contributions to Clinical Research Profession. Information will be collected via internet and direct contact with nominee’s offices and contacts.
  • The Awards & Recognition Committee reviews available information and selects award candidate based on criteria.
  • A recipient for the each of the four Outstanding Leadership awards may not be selected every year.

2017 Award Winner

 

No winner selected.

Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Research by a Project Manager

The Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Research by a Project Manager Award recognizes a member who is active as a Project Managers (PM) and has made exceptional leadership/practice contributions that have furthered the vision and mission of ACRP – to promote excellence in clinical research.

SUBMIT A NOMINATION

Recipient Criteria

  • Must be an active ACRP member in good standing.
  • May reside in any geographic location.
  • Nominated in one of four role-based categories.
  • Must demonstrate leadership and service achievement that has resulted in significant contribution to furthering the ACRP mission and vision. The contribution may be an accumulation of contribution over several years.

Nomination & Selection Process

  • Self-nominated or nominated by another individual from the ACRP membership (including volunteer leaders) via annual solicitation. Awards & Recognition Committee Members may also directly solicit and submit nominations from contacts throughout the ACRP and Clinical Research community.
  • Individuals must complete the online application requirements and submit to ACRP by the deadline.
  • ACRP Staff will provide committee with information on candidates regarding history of contributions to Clinical Research Profession. Information will be collected via internet and direct contact with nominee’s offices and contacts.
  • The Awards & Recognition Committee reviews available information and selects award candidate based on criteria.
  • A recipient for the each of the four Outstanding Leadership awards may not be selected every year.

2017 Award Winner

No winner selected.

Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Research by a Principal Investigator

The Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Research by a Principal Investigator Award recognizes a member who is active as a physician in clinical research and has made exceptional leadership/practice contributions that have furthered the vision and mission of ACRP – to promote excellence in clinical research.

SUBMIT A NOMINATION

Recipient Criteria

  • Must be an active ACRP member in good standing.
  • May reside in any geographic location.
  • Nominated in one of four role-based categories.
  • Must demonstrate leadership and service achievement that has resulted in significant contribution to furthering the ACRP mission and vision. The contribution may be an accumulation of contribution over several years.

Nomination & Selection Process

  • Self-nominated or nominated by another individual from the ACRP membership (including volunteer leaders) via annual solicitation. Awards & Recognition Committee Members may also directly solicit and submit nominations from contacts throughout the ACRP and Clinical Research community.
  • Individuals must complete the online application requirements and submit to ACRP by the deadline.
  • ACRP Staff will provide committee with information on candidates regarding history of contributions to Clinical Research Profession. Information will be collected via internet and direct contact with nominee’s offices and contacts.
  • The Awards & Recognition Committee reviews available information and selects award candidate based on criteria.
  • A recipient for the each of the four Outstanding Leadership awards may not be selected every year.

2017 Award Winner

Bing-wen Soong, MD, Ph.D., FAAN, CPI

Dr. Soong received his medical degree from the National Defense University School of Medicine (Taipei, Taiwan) and doctorate from the National Yang-Ming University (NYMU) (Taipei, Taiwan). He completed his neurology residency in Taiwan and a second neurology residency at Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis and University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. Dr. Soong also had a neurogenetics/metabolic neurology fellowship training at the National Institute of Neurological, Communicative Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health. He is board-certified in Adult Neurology in both Taiwan and the USA, and in Molecular and Biochemical Genetics and Molecular Genetics Pathology in the USA. Dr. Soong has been a Certified Physician Investigator with ACRP since 2009. He is currently the Director and Chair of the Neurogenetics Lab at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital, the Department of Neurology at the NYMU and the Section of Peripheral Nervous System Disorders, Neurological Institute at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital. Dr. Soong is also the founding President of the Society for Neurological Rare Disorders in Taiwan. Dr. Soong’s research interest is neurogenetic disorders. He has participated in many clinical trials seeking to prevent and treat neurological disorders and has published 140 scientific papers.

Advancing Public Awareness in Clinical Research

The Advancing Public Awareness in Clinical Research Award Recognizes an individual that has contributed to the public’s understanding of clinical research, and to the advancement of the profession.

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Recipient Criteria

  • Active membership in ACRP is not required.
  • Posthumous nominees may be accepted.
  • May reside in any geographic location.
  • Must demonstrate a project or activity undertaken that served to increase the general public’s awareness and involvement in clinical research (for example: increased the public’s understanding of the role clinical research has in healthcare; provided education related to participation in clinical research)

Nomination & Selection Process

  • Self-nominated or nominated by another individual from the ACRP membership (including volunteer leaders) via annual solicitation. Awards & Recognition Committee Members may also directly solicit and submit nominations from contacts throughout the ACRP and Clinical Research community.
  • Individuals must complete the online application requirements and submit to ACRP by the deadline.
  • ACRP Staff will provide committee with information on candidates regarding history of contributions to Clinical Research Profession. Information will be collected via internet and direct contact with nominee’s offices and contacts.
  • The Awards & Recognition Committee reviews available information and selects award candidate based on criteria.
  • A recipient for the Public Awareness award may not be selected every year.

2017 Award Winner

Molly Downhour, MHA, BSN, NEA-BC, OCN, CCRC, Clinical Research Consultant, Medix, Scottsdale, Arizona

Molly Downhour has over 20 years of health care experience with specialization in oncology, research, and health care administration. She earned her bachelors of nursing and master of health administration as well as achieved and maintained her nurse executive advanced, oncology nurse, and clinical research coordination certifications. Noticing the lack of clinical research nurses at sites she consulted, Ms. Downhour developed webinars and training programs to create awareness and serve as a “boot camp” for nurses interested in clinical research positions.

Innovation in Clinical Research

The Innovation in Clinical Research Award recognizes an individual who exemplifies the spirit of creativity and innovation through adaptation, improvement, or development of new processes that result in improvement to the clinical research process.

SUBMIT A NOMINATION

Recipient Criteria

  • Active membership in ACRP is not required.
  • Posthumous nominees may be accepted.
  • May reside in any geographic location.
  • Must describe a reproducible project or activity undertaken by the nominee that created, adapted, or improved a process that, through the innovation, leads to improvement of the clinical research process (e.g. time or cost savings; improved human subject protection, technical improvements, policy development).

Nomination & Selection Process

  • Self-nominated or nominated by another individual from the ACRP membership (including volunteer leaders) via annual solicitation. Awards & Recognition Committee Members may also directly solicit and submit nominations from contacts throughout the ACRP and Clinical Research community.
  • Individuals must complete the online application requirements and submit to ACRP by the deadline.
  • ACRP Staff will provide committee with information on candidates regarding history of contributions to Clinical Research Profession. Information will be collected via internet and direct contact with nominee’s offices and contacts.
  • The Awards & Recognition Committee reviews available information and selects award candidate based on criteria.
  • A recipient for the Innovation in Clinical Research award may not be selected every year.

2017 Award Winner

Norman M. Goldfarb, CRCP

Norman Goldfarb has an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University and a B.A. degree in Economics from Yale University. He is Chairman of MAGI, a broadly-based organization he founded in 2003. With over 10,000 members representing clinical research sponsors, sites, and CROs, MAGI is streamlining clinical research by standardizing best practices for clinical operations, business, and regulatory compliance. Mr. Goldfarb is also editor of the Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices and has authored or presented over 400 articles and talks on clinical research. PharmaVoice Magazine honored him one of the 100 most inspiring people of 2016.

William C. Waggoner Exceptional Contribution Award

The William C. Waggoner Exceptional Contribution Award recognizes an ACRP Member who has made an exceptional contribution to clinical research and furthered the mission and vision of ACRP.

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Recipient Criteria

  • Must be an active ACRP member in good standing.
  • Posthumous nominees may be accepted.
  • May reside in any geographic location.
  • Must demonstrate an exceptional performance, achievement, and sustained service and leadership; made significant contributions to the betterment of ACRP.

Nomination & Selection Process

  • Self-nominated or nominated by another individual from the ACRP membership (including volunteer leaders) via annual solicitation. Awards & Recognition Committee Members may also directly solicit and submit nominations from contacts throughout the ACRP and Clinical Research community.
  • Individuals must complete the online application requirements and submit to ACRP by the deadline.
  • ACRP Staff will provide committee with information on candidates regarding history of engagement and impact on the organization to assist with selection of recipient.
  • The Awards & Recognition Committee reviews available information and selects award candidate based on criteria.
  • A recipient for the William C. Waggoner Exceptional Contribution Award may not be selected every year.

2017 Award Winner

Douglas Bryant, III

Douglas Bryant (1968 – 2016) was elected by the ACRP membership in 2014 to serve as the association’s first Public Member and was re-elected by the Association Board of Trustees (ABoT) for a second term in 2016. Bryant was subsequently elected by the ABoT to serve a one-year term as Treasurer, and was re-elected to that position earlier this month. He has also served on ACRP’s Governance and Finance committees during his tenure as an ABoT member and was involved in ACRP’s efforts to improve diversity in clinical trials.

Bryant was a Georgia native who attended Georgia Tech before completing his undergraduate studies at Columbus State University. He obtained a law degree from Texas Southern University School of Law and most recently practiced wealth management at the Cate Bryant House Group, where he concentrated in the areas of Trusts, Financial and Estate Planning, Retirement Planning, Investment Consulting, and Philanthropic issues for affluent individuals, companies, and families. He was a faculty member at Troy University, teaching undergraduate business law and graduate employment law. Bryant is published in the Thomas M Cooley Law Review and a member of the board of directors for the Columbus Regional Healthcare System, as well as a board member for the Texas Southern University School of Law Alumni Board.

Nominations

The ACRP Awards & Recognition Committee is charged by the Association Board of Trustees with the responsibility to provide a transparent, neutral and objective process for the selection criteria and review of candidates eligible for annually predefined awards and recognition programs.

All categories allow for self-nominations, require a 500-word description noting the rationale for the nomination, a listing of achievements and activities, and examples of work beyond typical role responsibilities that support the nomination (i.e. published articles, speaker presentations, etc.). Letters of recommendation may be provided. Nominees may reside in any geographic location. ACRP membership is not required for all categories.

Review and Selection Process

The Awards & Recognition Committee reviews and approves the award criteria and nominations application each year. An open call is made annually both within and outside of the ACRP membership to announce the opening of the awards nomination period. When the submission process closes, the Committee receives all of the submitted application materials in blinded format. Identifying information (i.e., individual’s name, company, education, publication titles, etc.) is removed from all materials and candidates are only identified by a randomly assigned number.

Using a scoring rubric, the Committee completes the evaluation of each candidate’s blinded materials and assigns a score based on the nominations criteria. A summary of scores for each candidate are presented to the entire Committee, still blinded, for initial discussion. After the selection of top and alternate candidates are made, the Committee discusses the unblinded slate of candidates for final consideration.

The Committee then submits a final slate of awardees, and alternates, to the Association Board of Trustees for their receipt.

Award Prizes

Award Recipients are provided the following:

  • Recognition and trophy presentation at the annual ACRP Awards Ceremony
  • Complimentary one-day registration and airfare to the annual ACRP Meeting & Expo*
  • A complimentary one-year ACRP membership
  • Press release distribution

*Award winners are eligible to upgrade to full meeting registration at a special discounted rate of $599.

ACRP Chapter Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to ACRP Chapter Excellence Award Winners: North Texas and Southern Wisconsin. These dedicated local Chapters led the way, providing innovative educational events and strong community outreach to deliver the best experience possible to their members.

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