2014 Awards

ARENA Legacy Award – Susie Hoffman

Susie HoffmanMs. Hoffman is a longtime PRIM&R leader and teacher, having been a member of the organization since 1999 and a faculty member for 12 consecutive conferences. During that time, Ms. Hoffman has served as a member of the former ARENA Council (2004 and 2005), president-elect of the ARENA Steering Committee (2005), president of ARENA (2006), a member and chair of the Membership Committee (2006-2011 and 2006-2007, respectively), a member of the Poster Abstract Sub-committee (2010), and a co-chair of the Workshop/Didactic Sub-committee (WDSC) for PRIM&R’s Advancing Ethical Research Conference (2005, 2006, and 2012-2014).Given this long list, it is clear that Ms. Hoffman unfailingly devotes incredible amounts of time, energy, thought, and passion to PRIM&R.

Ms. Hoffman’s commitment to advancing ethical research is longstanding. She has served as the director of the IRB for Health Sciences Research at the University of Virginia (UVA) since 1999. In this role, Ms. Hoffman manages UVA's educational program for IRB members, research investigators, and study coordinators. A nurse by education, she has worked in the research field since 1987—as both a research coordinator and as the director of clinical trials for a radiopharmaceutical company. 

PRIM&R is especially grateful to Ms. Hoffman for her leadership in membership growth. The year she was president of ARENA, PRIM&R experienced a 27% increase in its membership community. While serving on PRIM&R’s Membership Committee, Ms. Hoffman championed the PRIM&R Regional Connections program, a benefit designed to help members connect locally by providing small grants to support networking and continuing education events. 

She has supported the regional model in her home state of Virginia, as well. The Virginia IRB Consortium Conference, an annual educational event that has received PRIM&R Regional Connections funding, has thrived and grown under Ms. Hoffman’s guidance and leadership, educating hundreds of individuals working in the field of human subjects protections in Virginia and other nearby states. With her ongoing contributions to the field, Ms. Hoffman continues to influence and shape the landscape of the PRIM&R community. 

Distinguished Service Award – Paula Knudson

Paula KnudsonMs. Knudson is a longtime mentor of IRB members and administrators, who has actively supported the education of anyone who expresses an interest in learning about ethical research. She has inspired generations of medical students and researchers, imparting the importance of ethical conduct in research, while teaching ways to operationalize the Belmont principles in everyday practice. Although she has held many positions, Ms. Knudson has always taken it upon herself to teach those around her.

For the last 10 years, Ms. Knudson has served as the special advisor for human subject research and faculty in the Center for Clinical Research and Evidence Based Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston (UTHSCH). Previously she was the executive coordinator for the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects for 27 years.

In addition to the many contributions she has made at UTHSCH, Ms. Knudson has also been a leader in the field of human subjects protections. She was instrumental in providing commentary on the emergency waiver provision of 45 CFR 46, and has similarly worked with OPRR, OHRP, and FDA when new regulations and guidance were being considered. As noted by one of the two individuals who nominated her, Ms. Knudson "has been a voice for the protection of research participants since the beginning. She has many interests within the human subjects protections field, including community consultation, HIV/AIDS, international research, conflicts of interest, and the inclusion of women and minority populations in research, to name a few.

Ms. Knudson has been a driving force within the PRIM&R community as well. She has served on the planning committees and as faculty at nearly every PRIM&R human subjects protections conference since the 1980s, and hosted four successful conferences in Houston. Ms. Knudson has served as a member of the IRB 101sm faculty, and has taught nationally and internationally. She served on PRIM&R’s Board of Directors from 1984 to 2010, helping guide the organization from its early years to the thriving entity that we know today. She served on the Board’s Nominations and Elections Sub-committee for six years and on the Governance Committee for four years. Ms. Knudson also served as creator and editor of PRIM&R Through the Years, a compilation of presentations from more than 50 PRIM&R conferences held between 1974 and 2005. Ms. Knudson is passionate about her work and dedicated to the advancement of ethical research as evidenced by her continuing commitment to both PRIM&R and those working in the field.