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TRI’s Shawna Owens Receives Bonny Hope Wallace Award

Feb. 16, 2016 | The UAMS Translational Research Institute’s (TRI) Shawna Owens, C.R.A., C.C.R.P.,

Sandy Annis (left) presented the Bonny Hope Wallace Award to TRI's Shawna Owens.

Sandy Annis (left) presented the Bonny Hope Wallace Award to TRI’s Shawna Owens.

C.R.S., has received the 2015 Bonny Hope Wallace Award for her outstanding work with research participants.

Owens is TRI’s research coordinator unit manager and has been at UAMS for 20 years, starting in pediatrics, then the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute prior to joining TRI.

The Bonny Hope Wallace Award goes to a UAMS certified research specialist selected by their peers. Wallace worked in research at UAMS for more than 30 years before her death in 2004. The award in her name was presented at the conclusion of the Feb. 12 Certified Research Specialist (CRS) Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the UAMS Office of Research Compliance.

Owens’ nomination letter states that “Shawna is one of the most dedicated research coordinators at UAMS. She works tirelessly to provide the best possible experience for her participants and upholds the highest standards for research integrity in her interactions with both subjects and investigators. Her colleagues find her knowledgeable and helpful in all things related to human subjects research and rely on her wisdom and experience for guidance on a regular basis. Shawna is an expert in campus research policies and processes and is eager to help others navigate the system.”

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 (ACH) Burn Unit. She was instrumental in pioneering ACH’s Burn Unit. Her efforts were focused on cutting-edge research to promote women’s health. She is remembered for her respectful treatment of research participants and her commitment to research integrity.

Owens said she was among those lucky enough to know “Miss Bonny” personally. “She was one of those amazing people that truly loved people and was completely dedicated to her work. It’s an honor to win an award named for her.”

When presenting the award to Owens, Sandy Annis, director of the Clinical Trials Office at the Cancer Institute, acknowledged the work of UAMS’ 104 certified research specialists. “Over this past year, research became personal for me as my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and was treated on a research protocol,” she said. “I saw everything we all do in a completely different way. I want to thank all of you for what you are a part of and for the dedication and sacrifice that all of you make so that everyone will gain advancements in medical care and so that all our families and friends will get the care they deserve.”

Annis noted that constantly changing regulations and increasing complexity of clinical research challenge those in the field. Of Owens, she said, “She is highly respected among her peers and has continued to grow and show dedication to the reason we are all a part of this complex chaos.”


Certifications Awarded for UAMS Research Staff

Feb. 16, 2016 | Fourteen University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) employees have earned Certified Research Specialist (CRS) certificates. The recipients were announced at a Feb. 12 ceremony.

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 recipients are:

  • Kathryn Allen, Cancer Clinical Trials Office
  • Michael Bailey, Translational Research Institute
  • Scott Crump, COM Research and Evaluation Division
  • Barbara Curtis, Central Arkansas Veterans Health System
  • Leanna Delhey, COM Pediatrics Neurology Research
  • Jessica Gann, Myeloma Institute
  • Audrie Johnston, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Quality Improvement
  • Jami Jones, Cancer Clinical Trials Office
  • Jennifer McCluskey, Office of Research Compliance
  • Leila Montague, Regional Programs and Grants Administration
  • Shemeka Randle, Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • Jenika Sanchez, Otolaryngology Clinical Support
  • Robert Smith, Myeloma Institute
  • Ty Stacey, Myeloma Institute

In addition, 90 UAMS employees were acknowledged for maintaining their CRS 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.

Training Available for UAMS Profiles

Four UAMS Profiles trainings are scheduled in February and March for UAMS faculty and post-doctoral researchers. The hands-on trainings for UAMS’ new web-based researcher networking tool will be conducted Feb. 23, noon – 1 p.m. and 4 – 5 p.m.; March 2, 4 – 5 p.m.; and March 8, noon – 1 p.m. All trainings will be held in EDII 8/105 A/B. Register in Training Tracker. Contact: Nia Indelicato,

UAMS Profiles was adopted from Harvard University as part of national initiative to make finding collaborators easier. Profiles can help you find collaborators at UAMS and institutions across the country.

Nationally Acclaimed Implementation Science Experts to Lecture at UAMS April 1 and 11

Enola Proctor, Ph.D., a national leader in implementation science at Washington University in St. Louis, will present “Implementation Science: New Frontiers” on April 1, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., College of Public Health (COPH), 8/240.

Sponsored by TRI, Proctor’s presentation is one of two Implementation Science Visiting Lecturers scheduled for April.

Proctor has a broad range of implementation research expertise and leads Washington University’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) core in dissemination and implementation research. She is also director of the dissemination and implementation initiative at the university’s Institute for Public Health. She is associate dean for faculty and the Frank J. Bruno Professor of Social Work Research in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

Harvard Medical School’s Mark Bauer, M.D., a national leader in research design and facilitating models of implementation, will be the visiting lecturer April 11, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., COPH, 8/240. His presentation is “Applying Implementation Science Concepts in Real-World Studies.”

A professor of psychiatry at Harvard, Bauer is also associate director of the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System.