2011 Awards

Ruth FadenLifetime Achievement Award Joint Recipient – Ruth R. Faden

At the time of receiving this award, Ruth Faden was the Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics; director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics; professor, department of health policy and management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and professor, department of medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Faden is the founding director of the Berman Institute, and has taught what is believed to be the first public health ethics course in the country. She is also a senior research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. She is a co-founder of the Hinxton Group, a global community committed to advancing ethical and policy challenges in stem cell science, and the Second Wave project, an effort to ensure that the health interests of pregnant women are fairly represented in biomedical research and drug and device policies.

Dr. Faden has served on numerous national advisory committees and commissions including the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, which she chaired, and which produced a comprehensive report of the experiments conducted by various US federal government agencies.

At the time of receiving this award, Dr. Faden’s research focused on questions of social justice in health policy and global health, including the national and global challenges in pandemic influenza planning and response, vaccine policy and funding, health systems design, and fair access to the benefits of global investments in biomedical research. She also worked on ethical challenges in biomedical science and women’s health.

Dr. Faden is the author, co-author, and editor of many books and articles on biomedical ethics and health policy, including Social Justice: The Moral Foundations of Public Health and Health Policy (2006); AIDS, Women and the Next Generation (1991); and HIV, AIDS and Childbearing: Public Policy, Private Lives (1996).

Dr. Faden earned graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkley. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and is a Fellow of both the Hastings Center and the American Psychological Association. She was the 2011 recipient of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tom BeauchampLifetime Achievement Award Joint Recipient – Tom L. Beauchamp

At the time of receiving this award, Tom Beauchamp was professor of philosophy and senior research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. He received graduate degrees from Yale University and The Johns Hopkins University, where he received his PhD in 1970. He then joined the faculty of the philosophy department at Georgetown University, and in the mid-1970s, accepted a joint appointment at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown. In 1975, he joined the staff of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, where he wrote the bulk of The Belmont Report (1978).

Dr. Beauchamp’s research interests include the ethics of human subjects research and animal care and use, as well as the place of universal principles and rights in biomedical ethics, methods of bioethics, Hume, the history of modern philosophy, and business ethics. At the time of receiving this award, he was conducting a study in collaboration with several other investigators, including Dr. Ruth R. Faden, which focused on the conceptual, moral, and policy dimensions of the distinction between research and treatment.

Dr. Beauchamp currently holds a National Science Foundation award to advance work in animal research ethics, together with a group of investigators headed by Hope Ferdowsian at The George Washington University. This project is centered on an analysis of the concept of vulnerability to harm, and the creation of an anatomy of potential harms from research interventions.

Another of Dr. Beauchamp’s priorities has been his participation in the development of a program in pharmaceutical ethics at the Eli Lilly Company. Lilly has been one of the first pharmaceutical companies to establish a standing bioethics committee, and Dr. Beauchamp has been involved in this initiative from its inception.

Dr. Beauchamp is the author and co-author of numerous books, including Principles of Biomedical Ethics (2008) which has become the standard book for medical ethics classes all over the world; The Human Use of Animals (2008); and Philosophical Ethics (2001). Many of his articles were republished in early 2010 under the title Standing on Principles: Collected Works (2010). Dr. Beauchamp has edited and co-edited numerous anthologies, journals, and books that span a number of distinct disciplines, including journalism and epidemiology, and he co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Animal Ethics.

Dr. Beauchamp is a 2011 recipient of the Hastings Center’s Henry Knowles Beecher Award. He was also the 2004 recipient of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2003 recipient of the Georgetown University Career Recognition Award. In 1994 Dr. Beauchamp received the McDonald-Merrill-Ketcham Memorial Award from the University of Indiana.

Gigi McMillanARENA Legacy Award – Gigi McMillan

Ms. McMillan has been a valued PRIM&R faculty member, and has benefited all those in her presence with her unique perspective, which has been informed by her legendary advocacy for pediatric research subjects and their families.

Ms. McMillan has also been an active PRIM&R member in other ways, serving on the Workshop/Didactic Sub-Committee that is responsible for developing the Advancing Ethical Research Conference breakout sessions. She also created and co-led the community member track for unaffiliated, non-scientific IRB members; co-created a short course for community members which is now part of PRIM&R’s regular educational offerings; and has served as a speaker on PRIM&R’s webinars.

Ms. McMillan is the co-founder of We Can, Pediatric Brain Tumor Network, a nonprofit organization that reaches out to families of children with brain cancer. She has served as the executive director of We Can for 10 years.

The author of many book chapters, articles and pamphlets, Ms. McMillan’s publications include: “The Importance of the Nonscientific, Unaffiliated (Community) Member” (Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and the Tuskegee Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, A Case Story Collaborative Journal, October 2007); “Clinical Research: The Parent’s Dilemma” (The Monitor, April 2006); “What do Researchers Say? What do Subjects Hear?” (Protecting Human Subjects, Spring 2005); and “Childhood Brain & Spinal Cord Tumors: A Guide for Families, Friends & Caregivers,” (Patient-Centered Guides, 2002).

Ms. McMillan earned a bachelor’s degree in history with minors in German and business at Loyola Marymount University. She has four children, one of whom is a brain tumor survivor/”thriver.”

Ivor PritchardDistinguished Service Award – Ivor Pritchard

Dr. Pritchard has generously and graciously shared his time by being a PRIM&R faculty member since 1995. He has also co-chaired the Planning Committee for the Advancing Ethical Research Conference, taught at several of the pre-conference programs, and served as a speed mentor.

Dr. Pritchard has worked tirelessly in the field of research ethics at the national level for 25 years. In 1986, he joined the US Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences, a department for which he would serve as a senior research analyst until 2004. That same year he transitioned to the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) as a senior fellow. At the time of receiving this award, he was the senior advisor to the director of OHRP, where his responsibilities included advising the director, developing policies and guidance documents, and representing OHRP at the national meetings focused on the protection of human subjects in research.

Dr. Pritchard is a widely published author and co-author of articles on human subjects protections including, “Searching for ‘Research Involving Human Subjects:’ What is Examined? What is Exempt? What is Exasperating?” (IRB: Ethics & Human Research, 2001); “Travelers and Trolls: Practitioner Research and Institutional Review Boards” (Educational Researcher, 2002); “Ethical Standards of the American Educational Research Association: Cases and Commentary” (2002); “Students as Research Subjects” (The Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 2004); and “Power, Truth and Justice in Youth Participatory Action Research: Ethical Questions” (Practicing Anthropology: A Career-Oriented Publication of the Society for Applied Anthropology, 2004). He is also the author of a book titled, Good Education: The Virtues of Learning (1998).

Dr. Pritchard earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Haverford College (with honors in philosophy) and a master’s degree and a PhD in philosophy from Boston University.