Distinguished Service Award – Bonnie M. Lee

Bonnie Lee AwardMs. Lee began working in the field of human subjects protections in the early 1970s and first served as a staff member for the Tuskegee Syphilis Study Ad Hoc Advisory Panel. Through this early work, she became keenly aware of the abuses and tragedies that can occur when research is conducted in an unethical manner. Ms. Lee next went to work as the administrative officer of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research where she was indispensable to the production of many reports and appendices that are as relevant and helpful today as they were then. Ms. Lee next served as staff to the President’s Advisory Biomedical Research Panel.

Ms. Lee’s experience with these initiatives motivated her to devote her professional life to promoting ethical research and to ensuring that research subjects are protected. She was a committed, highly visible, and exceedingly proactive employee of the FDA for almost 30 years. While at the FDA, Bonnie worked to ensure that the research enterprise continues to remember Tuskegee and other such egregious events to ensure that future generations do not repeat the tragedies of the past.

Ms. Lee was one of the first highly placed federal representatives to form a strong bond with PRIM&R. She understood that both the government and non-governmental organizations working in the human research protections field were interested in the same big picture and she was always ready, willing, and more than able to do whatever she could to advance PRIM&R’s mission and educational goals. Ms. Lee participated in more than 50 PRIM&R conferences and was always been a highly skilled and inspiring teacher. Ms. Lee passed away on November 10, 2007.

ARENA Legacy Award – Martha “Marky” Pitts

Marky Pitts AwardMs. Pitts’ humility is legendary, as is her extraordinary service to the biomedical research community and her devotion to increasing public awareness of and understanding about the use of animals in research.

Ms. Pitts served as director of the animal subjects program, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) from 1984-2004, and as director of animal research outreach in UCSD’s Public Information Office. She was also a member of the NIH Study on Regulatory Burden, Animal Care and Use Workgroup in 1998. Ms. Pitts has presented on various animal research-related issues at conferences for PRIM&R, the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare, the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Society for Neuroscience, Society of Research Administrators, National Council of University Research Administrators, and UCSD. She has also published articles in Lab Animal. From 1995-2005, Ms. Pitts served on the VA San Diego Healthcare System IACUC. Ms. Pitts served on the PRIM&R Board of Directors from 1998 through 2012. Her contributions to PRIM&R have been both numerous and essential, and include her work with Molly Greene as the co-developer of the Essentials of  IACUC Administration course, her service as the organization’s liaison on the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care Board of Trustees, her longstanding position as the co-chair of our IACUC conference planning committees, her reliably superb performance as a panelist and workshop leader at more than 20 years of PRIM&R and  Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA) conferences, her work as a co-founder of IACUC 101; her service as chair of the editorial committee for the ARENA/OLAW IACUC Guidebook, 2nd edition; and her tenures as first a vice president (1991), and then president (1992) of ARENA, PRIM&R’s former membership division.