ARENA Legacy Award – William Freeman

William Freeman Award Dr. Freeman has a distinguished history with PRIM&R as an active member of PRIM&R and Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA), PRIM&R’s former membership division. He served on PRIM&R’s Board of Directors from 1994 to 2012 He was ARENA president in 1988, and he has served on the faculty of numerous PRIM&R conferences. Inspired by his work with the Indian Health Service, Dr. Freeman has worked hard to promote greater diversity within PRIM&R’s membership. In addition, he has been a strong advocate for the Certification of IRB Professionals (CIP®). Dr. Freeman is always ready to volunteer, roll up his sleeves, and get to work, digging in to all issues with dedication and intensity. He has also advocated tirelessly for the protection of vulnerable populations in research.

Dr. Freeman is the director of Tribal Community Health Programs and human protections administrator at Northwest Indian College. In these roles, he serves as teacher, IRB administrator, and principal investigator. In addition, he works as a private consultant, advising numerous universities and organizations, including American Indian, Alaska Native, Canadian First Nations, and Inuit communities and organizations. He also consults for various IRBs and research ethics boards. Dr. Freeman is the past director of research with the Indian Health Service and has served in numerous leadership and advocacy roles for American Indian and tribal communities. His research and clinical experience have focused on the health of native populations, diabetes, community and participatory research, and the ethics of research involving vulnerable populations. Dr. Freeman is one of those rare professionals who lives and works in accordance with the values he promotes.

Distinguished Service Award – Jeremy Sugarman

Jeremy Sugarmann AwardDr. Sugarman’s contributions to both the field of research ethics and to PRIM&R have been profound and numerous. He has presented at PRIM&R conferences in every role from keynote speaker to breakout facilitator. Dr. Sugarman is a powerful and entertaining speaker and educator. The PRIM&R conference sessions during which he presents consistently receive the highest attendance and outstanding evaluation ratings.

At the time of receiving this award, Dr. Sugarman was the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine, professor of medicine, professor of health policy and management, and deputy director for medicine of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sugarman conducts both theoretical and empirical research in medical ethics. His work concentrates on informed consent, research ethics, and the ethical issues associated with emerging technologies. He is the author of more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and he is the co-editor of four books. Dr. Sugarman is a contributing editor for IRB and is on the editorial boards of Accountability in Research, the American Journal of Bioethics, Clinical Trials, and Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. He serves on the Scientific and Research Advisory Board for the Canadian Blood Service and is a member of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission. Among his other involvements, he is chair for the ethics working group of the HIV Prevention Trials Network, the ethics officer for the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, and co-chair of the Johns Hopkins’ embryonic stem cell research oversight committee.