Kacie L. Simpson, the clinical research associate team lead at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, is the 2016 Bonny Hope Wallace Award recipient for her outstanding work with research participants.
The award was presented by Sandy Annis, a past recipient of the award who directs the UAMS Cancer Clinical Trials Office, at a Jan. 27 ceremony. Simpson was chosen for the award by members of the UAMS Certified Research Specialist Program.
Simpson has been at the Cancer Institute for 10 years. For the last nine years she has worked with patients in cancer clinical trials. She has served many roles in the Cancer Clinical Trials and Regulatory Affairs offices, including regulatory specialist, study coordinator, and for the last four years, manager of the study coordinators.
“It was an honor to be nominated for the Bonny Hope Wallace Award and selected by my peers to receive the award,” Simpson said. “I am also honored to work with world class physicians, nurses, research staff, and most importantly, the people who participate in research at the Cancer Institute.”
Simpson is a member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA), Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI), the SWOG Oncology Research Professional (ORP) Liaison Committee, and the study coordinator for the SWOG Melanoma Committee. She has had UAMS Certified Research Specialist (CRS) certification since 2008 and SoCRA Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) certification since 2010.
Wallace is remembered for her respectful treatment of research participants and her commitment to research integrity. She worked in research at UAMS for more than 30 years before her death in 2004.
Recipients of the award in Wallace’s name must demonstrate dedication to the research participant; respect for the participant’s sacrifice; devotion to research integrity; commitment to mentoring; and enthusiasm for learning.
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. Her efforts were focused on cutting-edge research to promote women’s health. Her accomplishments were many and her awards of recognition are numerous.
Twenty-nine UAMS research professionals received Certified Research Specialist (CRS) certificates at a graduation ceremony on Jan. 27. The graduation followed training that occurred in 2016.
The CRS program, managed by the Office of Research Compliance, requires that participants maintain Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects Research training, complete 28 hours of relevant coursework, and pass a comprehensive proficiency exam. Graduates of the program earn the “CRS” credentials and maintain their certification status by completing six contact hours in applicable coursework in subsequent years.
The Translational Research Institute (TRI) requires its research staff to complete and maintain CRS certification, and other UAMS departments have also adopted CRS certification as a job requirement for certain research-related positions.
The 2016 Certified Research Specialist Graduates are:
- Suzan Blair, College of Medicine (COM), Dermatology
- Ashley Block, COM PEDS Birth Defects
- Amanda Bull, COM Geriatrics
- Pamela Christie, TRI Administration
- Makethia Curtis, COM, Family and Preventive Medicine
- Giuseppina Dusio, COM, Nephrology
- Ashley Funderburg, College of Nursing, Geriatrics
- Patricia Gminski , COM, Pathology
- Susan Goolsby, Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), Clinical Nutrition
- Paul Griffiths, Myeloma Institute
- Kathleen Hicks, COM, Pulmonary
- Holly Jarrell, Myeloma Institute
- Susannah Kirby, TRI Project Support Unit
- Matthew Kovak , Cancer Clinical Trials
- Teri Landrum, Nursing Services
- Austin Lovenstein, ACH Nursing Research
- Karen Mack, Nursing Services
- Lisa McIntos, Office of Sponsored Programs Administrative Network
- Heather Moody, OB/GYN Research
- Veronica Overton, Psychiatric Research Institute