Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research presented Susie R. Hoffman, director of the University of Virginia Institutional Review Board for Health Sciences Research, with its ARENA Legacy Award at the global organization’s Advancing Ethical Research conference, held Friday through Sunday in Baltimore.
Hoffman, a registered nurse, has been a member of Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research since 1999 and has held several leadership roles in the association, whose purpose is to advance the highest ethical standards in the conduct of biomedical, behavioral and social science research.
The award recognizes members who have made an exemplary contribution to the organization’s goals and mission by actively promoting ethics in research through mentorship, teaching and leadership. Hoffman was cited for her contributions to the field of human subject protections.
Hoffman’s nominator called her “awe-inspiring” for her volunteer dedication to educating researchers, study coordinators, government representatives, subject advocates and others. She co-chaired the Advancing Ethnical Research conference’s Workshop/Didactic Subcommittee in 2005 and 2006 and from 2012 through 2014.
As 2006 president of the Applied Research Ethics National Association – the organization’s membership division from 1986 to 2006 – Hoffman worked to increase the group’s membership. One of that association’s important contributions was to encourage the advancement of those individuals working in the field, in order to promote professional excellence and ultimately contribute to a more ethical research enterprise.
As a member of the subsequent membership committee, she championed the Regional Connections program, especially in Virginia, which provides small grants to support networking and continuing education for Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research members.