CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At universities, hospital systems and government agencies large and small, ethics review boards tasked with overseeing the protection of human subjects in research are continuously working to improve the quality of reviews and research oversight. These Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are under tremendous obligation from federal regulation and face intense pressure from medical device and drug companies pushing to complete research projects. Limited resources and little reward frequently hamstring IRB research oversight effectiveness.
IRBNet, the leader in global IRB management solutions, presents the annual IRBNet Ethics in Human Research Protection Award to recognize and celebrate the commitment of individuals and research institutions to the advancement of knowledge via research and the protection of human subjects.
The award is presented annually to the exceptional individual and institution that embodies excellence in the human subjects protection field. Criteria include efficient and effective human subject research oversight, cultivation of a culture of research ethics at their institution, commitment to drive change, and contribution to excellence in the field.
"Too often offices for human subject protection are underappreciated," said Andrew Olmsted, IRBNet Vice President for Member Services. "The staff of these offices are on the front lines to protect both the rights of the subjects in research and the integrity and moral responsibilities of leading research institutions across the country."
The 4th Annual IRBNet Ethics in Human Research Protection Award is given to Karen Christianson RN, BSN, CCRP, Director of the Human Research Protection Program at Baystate Health in Springfield,
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