Jeff Cooper AwardARENA Legacy Award – Jeffrey Cooper

Dr. Cooper is one of PRIM&R’s veteran faculty members and has a long and distinguished history as an active member of PRIM&R; he served for six years on the PRIM&R Board of Directors, and has been a member for more than 15 years.

In addition to his work with PRIM&R, Dr. Cooper works as a physician and consultant, and, at the time he received the award, he was the director in the clinical research services and healthcare compliance division of Huron Consulting Group located in Arlington, VA. In this role, he uses his 21 years of experience applying DHHS and FDA regulations relevant to human research. His expertise includes medical management, standards-based evaluation of medical and research practices, and applying quality improvements to medicine and research.

Prior to his role at Huron Consulting Group, Dr. Cooper served as vice president for education and regulatory affairs at the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), where he was responsible for the development and operation of the accreditation process. Before that, Jeff served as associate medical director at Albany Medical Center, where he was responsible for utilization management and quality improvement, and also held the position of IRB chair.

Yvonne Higgins AwardDistinguished Service Award – Yvonne Higgins

Ms. Higgins has been contributing to the cause of ethics and responsibility in human subjects protections with devotion and diligence for more than 15 years. She is a strong advocate for ethical research and has worked hard to ensure that those charged with protecting subjects are educated and equipped with the tools that they need to excel in their jobs. In her “spare time,” Ms. Higgins is as a hands-on and tireless contributor to PRIM&R’s work. At the time she received this award, she was the executive director of the human research protections office at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Higgins was one of the first people to become a Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) in October 2000. She has been an active member of PRIM&R, has served as a dedicated and enthusiastic co-chair of the Workshop/Didactic Sub-Committee for PRIM&R’s Advancing Ethical Research Conferences, and has served as faculty at many PRIM&R conferences.