2015 Awards

ARENA Legacy Award – Karen Hale

Hale_Karen_2015Ms. Hale has been a go-to faculty member for PRIM&R over the years, leading both pre-conference programs and breakout sessions at nine PRIM&R conferences, including at the 2015 AER Conference, where she is teaching session C8: A Primer in Determining When an Investigational New Drug (IND) Application Is Needed for Studies Involving Drugs or Biologics.

Ms. Hale has served in numerous conference planning roles for PRIM&R as well, including co-chair of the Core Conference Planning Committee (CCPC) for the 2008 AER Conference, and as a member in 2006 and 2009. She also served as co-chair of the Workshop Didactic Subcommittee in 2007 and as a member in 2010 and 2011. In addition, Ms. Hale was the co-chair of the Breakouts-Advanced and Hot Topics Subcommittee in 2005. Since 2012, Ms. Hale has served on the Poster Abstract Subcommittee, where her review of submitted posters has shaped the content seen onsite. In addition to contributing to our annual conferences, Ms. Hale has been a PRIM&R member since 2006, and has mentored hundreds of research professionals at her institution and beyond.

 Ms. Hale serves as the director of the Office of Responsible Research Practices and clinical assistant professor at The Ohio State University. Ms. Hale is responsible for overseeing administrative support services for the Ohio State research community and university review boards for research involving human subjects, animals, and biohazards. She also provides leadership for educational and quality improvement activities supporting accreditation of the university’s human and animal research programs.

In addition to the time she dedicates to PRIM&R, Ms. Hale is a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) Subcommittee on Harmonization for the US Department of Health and Human Services, and serves as a consultant for the Office for Human Research Protections. She is a site visitor and former council member for the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. Previously, Ms. Hale worked in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Investigational Drug Service and served as vice chair of the university’s Biomedical Sciences IRB.

Ms. Hale’s commitment to PRIM&R and the field at large is undeniable, and our community of individuals working to advance ethical research is better for it.