Al Jonsen AwardLifetime Achievement Award – Albert R. Jonsen

In 2009, PRIM&R's Board of Directors selected Dr. Jonsen as the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research Ethics, as his contributions to the field of research ethics have been significant and enduring over a long and illustrious career.

At the time of receiving this award, Dr. Jonsen was an emeritus professor of ethics in medicine at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, where he was chairman of the department of medical history and ethics from 1987 to 1999. He was co-director of the program in medicine and human values at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

From 1972 to 1987, he was chief of the division of medical ethics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. Prior to that, he was president of the University of San Francisco, where he taught in the departments of philosophy and theology. He received his doctorate from the department of religious studies at Yale University, and his earlier education took place at Gonzaga University in Washington, and at Santa Clara University in California.

Among Dr. Jonsen’s many honors are his service as a commissioner on both the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (1974-1978) and the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine (1979-1982).

He was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, in 1980 and he has served twice on its Council. He was chair of the National Advisory Board on Ethics in Reproduction (1991-1996), and a member of the National Research Council Committee on AIDS Research (1987-1992).

And the list goes on... Dr. Jonsen is a member of the Medical Advisory Panel, Blue Cross-Blue Shield Association (1986-present), and he has served on the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, the American Board of Medical Specialties, and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

We’re not finished yet, though, as Dr. Jonsen has been a visiting professor at Harvard Medical School, Georgetown University, the Johns Hopkins Medical School, and the Maastricht Institute for HealthCare Ethics in the Netherlands.

He has also been a visiting scholar at the National Library of Medicine, NIH. From 1999 to 2000, he was a Visiting professor of bioethics at Yale, and in 2002, he was a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Dr. Jonsen has written widely on a range of topics relevant to bioethics. He authored Bioethics Behind the Headlines (2005), A Short History of Medical Ethics (2000), The Birth of Bioethics (1998), The New Medicine and the Old Ethics (1990), and Responsibility in Religious Ethics (1971).

He is co-author of The Abuse of Casuistry (1988) and Clinical Ethics (2006, 6th edition). He is co-editor of Source Book in Bioethics: A Documentary History (1998), and Bioethics: An Introduction to the History, Methods, and Practice (1997).

Dr. Jonsen has also written chapters in more than 70 books on medicine and health care. His articles have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Pediatrics, the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, the Hastings Center Report, the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and many other journals.

Dr. Jonsen has previously been honored with the McGovern Award of the American Osler Society, the Annual Award of the Society for Health and Human Values, the Davies Award of the American College of Physicians, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Association of Bioethics and Humanities, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Jeff Cohen AwardARENA Legacy Award – Jeff Cohen

Dr. Cohen has a long and distinguished history as an active member of both PRIM&R and Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA). He served as ARENA’s president in 1990, and has helped plan many of PRIM&R’s conferences, providing particularly needed leadership on the social, behavioral, and educational components of our curriculum. He is a past member of PRIM&R’s Council for Certification of IRB Professionals (CCIP) and is himself a Certified IRB Professional (CIP®).

Dr. Cohen received his PhD in experimental psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1974. During the early years of his career, he served as the associate director for research compliance and information management in the office for research at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). During his 20 years there, Dr. Cohen was responsible for IRB and IACUC administration, regulatory compliance, and management of the lab animal facility.

Following his long tenure at SUNY Albany, Dr. Cohen then served for four years as director, division of education and development, in the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), where his responsibilities included the coordination of educational workshops, the development and dissemination of educational materials, the conduct of training sessions for institutions and professional organizations, and the development of online training materials.

At the time of receiving this award, Dr. Cohen was the president of HRP Associates, LLC, (HRPA).

Charlotte Coley AwardDistinguished Service Award – Charlotte Coley

Ms. Coley has dedicated her career to the advancement of ethical research through the development and implementation of effective educational programs. In her current position at Duke University, where she is the director of IRB educational programs, Ms. Coley is responsible for developing and implementing an educational plan for the research community on IRB regulations, ethical principles, orientation for new IRB members, and education and training programs for new researchers and support staff. She also designs and implements lunch seminars, workshops and class lectures. She is a Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) and has 14 years of experience working with both behavioral and biomedical IRBs.

In addition to her duties at Duke, Ms. Coley has been an active member of PRIM&R for more than 10 years. She has co-chaired the conference planning sub-committee responsible for developing the hundreds of workshop/didactic sessions for PRIM&R’s Advancing Ethical Research conferences. She has also served as a faculty member at several of the conferences she helped plan. In addition, Ms. Coley has devoted considerable time and always positive energy to serving the PRIM&R community as a mentor, onsite conference volunteer, and "scholar buddy."

Prior to assuming her post at Duke, Ms. Coley served as IRB administrator at Battelle Memorial Institute in Research Triangle Park, NC. Her rich and varied career has been characterized by an impressive commitment to public service, and included stints with various national departments and agencies where she worked on a range of environmental and public health projects.

Ms. Coley has a bachelor’s degree in politics from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and a Master of Arts in College Teaching in political science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.