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Patricia Brady Honored for Work with Research Participants

Jan. 22, 2015 | Patricia Brady, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.P., recently received the 2014 Bonny Hope Wallace Award for her outstanding work with research participants at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

The award was presented at a Jan. 16 ceremony by the UAMS Translational Research Institute’s Amy Jo Jenkins, M.S., C.C.R.P., C.C.R.C., C.C.R.A., a past recipient of the award.

Brady, who is also certified by the international Society of Clinical Research Associates, has worked in the Pediatric Clinical Research Unit for 10 years. She was chosen for the award by members of the Certified Research Specialist Program. Recipients must demonstrate dedication to the research participant; respect for the participant’s sacrifice; devotion to research integrity; commitment to mentoring; and enthusiasm for learning.

“Those who nominated Patricia shared that she ‘… consistently demonstrates through her day-to-day activities her awareness of and respect for the choice the subjects make by participating in research,’” Jenkins said. ‘“She is a passionate advocate for her subjects. Her commitment to research integrity is apparent in her communication with everyone involved in the research process, and she is a frequently-suggested resource when I am directing someone where to go for support. Her cheerful attitude and dedication to her career are worthy of admiration and recognition; we are all the richer for it.’”

The late Bonny Hope Wallace was an instructor in surgery and laboratory director for surgical research at the Department of Surgery at UAMS as well as clinical coordinator of research at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Burn Unit. She was instrumental in pioneering ACH’s Burn Unit. Her efforts were focused on cutting-edge research to promote women’s health. Her accomplishments were many and her awards of recognition are numerous. Wallace was central to the day-to-day research activities of the UAMS Department of Surgery for over 30 years. She is remembered for her respectful treatment of research participants and her commitment to research integrity.

Brady’s work with research participants at ACH is shared by a group of 10 in the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI) coordinator pool.

“I work with so many great people who easily deserve this award,” Brady said. “We have a great team, and we work together to make it happen.”

Other nominees for 2014 were David Avery, Lyndsey Avery, Susan Panozzo and Nathan Petty.

“It was a very close race,” Jenkins said. “Each nominee demonstrates dedication and respect for the work they do, and UAMS is greatly appreciative.”

UAMS Research Employees Take Initiative, Earn Certifications

Jan. 22, 2015 | Eighteen University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) employees in research-related fields received Certified Research Specialist (CRS) certificates at a Jan. 16 ceremony.

Laura James, M.D., director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute, who spoke during the ceremony, praised the recipients for their dedication to excellence in research. After taking over leadership of the Translational Research Institute in February 2014, James said she became more familiar with their work.

“I have experienced firsthand your expertise and your dedication to ensuring that UAMS produces quality research,” James said. “The fact that you put in the extra effort to earn the CRS certification exemplifies your commitment to research excellence.”

The certification program, administered by the UAMS Office of Research Compliance, ensures an understanding of, and respect for, the principles of research integrity and the protection of those who participate in research. Although the certification is not required by all departments, UAMS research employees routinely complete the 26 hours of coursework and the comprehensive CRS proficiency exam.

The 2014 recipients are:

• Syed Abid, Institute on Aging
• Amy Ballard, Translational Research Institute
• Keith Bracy, College of Medicine—Psychiatry
• Rita Brown, College of Medicine—Pediatrics
• Gina Calhoun, Quality Improvement
• Jean Chen, Institutional Studies
• Hannah Coleman, Pathology
• Judith Cooper, Myeloma Institute
• Kenya Eddings, College of Public Health
• Jaclyn Fite, Myeloma Institute
• Sara Jones, College of Nursing
• Jacqueline Jung, Information Technology – EMR Services
• Priscilla Newman, Myeloma Institute
• Pallavi Ramu, College of Medicine—Pediatrics
• Nicole Robertson, Myeloma Institute
• Monica Smith, Myeloma Institute
• Topeka Stacey, UAMS IT (former employee)
• Samina Waheed, Myeloma Institute

In addition, 84 UAMS employees were acknowledged for maintaining their certification, which requires that they remain current on Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subject Protection training and complete six hours of continuing education each calendar year.