U.Va. Receives Award for Human Research Protection

By Melissa Maki
Research Compliance staff

Pictured are U.Va. staff from the Office of the VP for Research and Graduate Studies who are integral to the research compliance program. From left to right: Dave Hudson, Karen Parks, and Jane Lehmbeck.
Photo by Melissa Maki

The University of Virginia recently won an Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection from the Health Improvement Institute for its best practice, Human Subject Research Post Approval Monitoring and Education (PAM and ED) program.

The PAM and ED program was instituted at U.Va. in 2002 as part of a comprehensive effort and commitment to satisfying federal regulations regarding human subjects research.  The program assures human subject safety in research, provides education to research professionals, and identifies strengths and areas for improvement in research practice at U.Va.

"We are very proud of this program and are particularly pleased that it has been recognized by the Health Improvement Institute," noted Dave Hudson, associate vice president for research and graduate studies.  "We feel that it is an important component in our program for the protection of human subjects."

The Health Improvement Institute (HII) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and productivity of America's health care.  The best practice award is awarded annually to research institutions with programs or initiatives that enhance the well being of research participants.  In 2006, both U.Va. and Washington University were honored with this national award.