Being named a Fellow of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (FACRP) is a mark of distinction. By developing a Fellowship program, ACRP recognizes those who have made substantial contributions to the Association and the industry at large, as evidenced by: ACRP certification/ACRP education, leadership contributions to ACRP, and contributions to the field of clinical research. Fellowship highlights excellence and commitment to ACRP, and is suitable for only a small, select number of clinical research professionals who are lauded as global leaders.
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Holwell began her career as a clinical research coordinator (CRC) in academia more than 35 years ago. Prior to consulting, she held positions as a clinical research associate (CRA), site selection specialist, and study manager with oversight of vendor CRAs, clinical operations quality management, and training for several pharmaceutical
Holwell has watched the clinical research industry evolve at the speed of light. ACRP has been there for her every step of the way. “ACRP has done much to help professionalize our roles in clinical research,” she says, explaining that, in the early days of the industry, “roles were ambiguous and formal training and certification were not available.”
In addition, Holwell praises ACRP for providing a “great environment for learning; it’s been my main association through the years.” Beyond the valuable networking opportunities and the support ACRP members provide for each other, she benefits from learning and teaching the real impact of potential or new federal regulations.
For Holwell, becoming a Fellow is a great honor and recognition of her years of service via the ACRP Association Board
of Trustees, the New York Metropolitan Chapter, committees, and numerous other efforts. “I’m proud and humbled to
receive it,” she says.
A pharmacist by training, Greco worked in community pharmacy for a number of years filling prescriptions. “It’s a helping profession, so the patient contact was very rewarding, actually seeing families and children grow up,” he says.
Wanting to see more of the clinical picture, Greco eventually joined a contract research organization to be trained as a clinical research associate. “I was really enamored by monitoring and how it allowed you to see first-hand what was working and not working at the site,” he explains.
Saying he loves “being part of group continually trying to improve,” Greco also reports wanting to help take the profession to the next level, and believing that ACRP is a big part of that effort.
Greco is honored to receive a Fellows designation. “It’s wonderful to be recognized for reaching a level of service and experience in an organization known for promoting excellence in clinical research,” he says.
A family physician by training, Kingsley fell in love with research more than 10 years ago and decided to “dedicate the rest of my career” to it. One of his passions is to help others recognize that research can’t be treated as “hobby”—rather, it demands a robust organizational architecture. “It needs to be run like a business—that’s why I got an MBA,” he notes.
Kingsley’s professional passion extends to his long-time involvement with ACRP. “I’m in love with ACRP,” he enthuses. Over the years it has furthered his education and helped him meet others in the industry with whom he can swap ideas and best practices.
He applauds the creation of the Fellows Program because it is another step in advancing the concept that research is Introducing a profession. “It is also a recognition that someone has gone above and beyond for the clinical research industry, and I’m honored to receive it,” he says.
Kingsley also served as the 2016 Vice Chair of the ACRP Association Board of Trustees.
Ironically, Ziemba had no real inclination toward clinical research in the early days of his career as a senior scientist with Roche Molecular Systems in New Jersey. That changed when he got the opportunity to build a clinical research department.
ACRP was an important partner for Ziemba almost from day one. “It helped me in the education I really needed,” he says. Thanks in part to ACRP, Ziemba learned “what a clinical trial looks like and what regulations and other topics really mean.” He has also benefitted from ACRP’s strong networking program. “You meet with and learn from individuals from all areas of the field—study monitors, contract research organizations, sponsors,” and others among the full spectrum, he says.
Being named a Fellow signifies that you’ve contributed to the field itself, he notes—that’s the distinction. “I’ve taken from industry for my own advancement and improvement, and ACRP has helped me contribute back to industry,” he says.
“At some point in one’s life a job becomes a profession,” says Schliebe. Committed to advancing the certification of roles and the professionalization of the industry, she took the Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) exam in 1997 in part to demonstrate her commitment to the field.
Initially trained as a registered dietitian, she began her clinical research career as a research nutritionist at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. She later joined the School of Medicine faculty as a research instructor overseeing projects in colon cancer epidemiology. Following a brief retirement, she returned to UNC and transitioned to a part-time role as a clinical research monitor in the Center of Gastroenterology and Biology. She is also employed as a contract clinical research monitor in the Research Triangle Park area.
Schliebe values ACRP on a number of levels, including its plethora of networking venues and the opportunity to learn about the latest in best practices. While she praises many of the sessions she has attended at previous ACRP conferences, she says “sometimes the individual conversations” after a session have yielded the most benefit to her professionally. “There’s always something new to learn, and ACRP keeps you abreast of trends and makes sure you know what changes are occurring in the profession,” she adds.
Saying that she believes being a Fellow will only help her to connect with more ACRP members working on various parts of clinical trials, she adds that it “demonstrates what you’ve done within the organization and that you’ve made a contribution to ACRP and outside to the broader industry.”
In 1995, Hinkley was an emergency room nurse. Tasked with taking a research role in a Phase I clinical trial, she says she initially struggled because “I had no idea what the field of clinical research was, and I found it to be a difficult transition because of that.” While having a clear and strong identity as a nurse, Hinkley noted that developing an identity as a researcher was much more difficult. A new clinic director introduced her to ACRP in 1997, and Hinkley was hooked. ACRP was the place where she found her professional identity as a researcher.
“I dove in,” Hinkley says. She became a CCRC as soon as she was eligible, in 1999. After attending ACRP’s 2002 conference in Toronto, she became active as a volunteer with the Canada Chapter— first with the education committee, and later as president of the chapter. Hinkley also began volunteering in ACRP-wide positions, through the Membership Committee, the Association Board of Trustees, and the Regulatory Affairs Committee, and otherwise “paying it forward” to an organization that helped her take her career to the next level.
For Hinkley, being named a Fellow is an honor that “recognizes and appreciates my long career and service to ACRP,” she says. “It means a lot.”
“I’ve had a similar career path to Janet Holwell, as a CRC, CRA, and industry trainer and subject matter expert,” says Rosenbaum. After a successful career working in various roles at both sites and pharmaceutical companies, she hung out her consultant shingle. “I sought out ACRP and pursued the certification program in its second year of availability,” she says. She believed adding “those four letters after my name” would demonstrate her professionalism and research knowledge and distinguish her in a crowded field of consultants.
She was elected to the ACRP Association Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2001, and to the Academy Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2015, including serving as the 2014 Chair of the Academy. She has volunteered on various ACRP committees and served as the Standards Officer for the former ACRP Institute’s Educational Standards and Accreditation Committee, as well as given multiple presentations at ACRP conferences, chapter-based symposiums, and other meetings.
For Rosenbaum, joining the first class of Fellows demonstrates her commitment to excellence in the field. It distinguishes a set of individuals “who have dedicated their lives to clinical research,” she says, “and who consider it as more than just a job.”