2018 Awards

ARENA Legacy Award – Jerry Castellano

Jerry Castellano AwardPRIM&R is pleased to present Jerry Castellano, BS, PharmD, CIP with the 2018 ARENA Legacy Award. Dr. Castellano serves as the corporate director of the institutional review board of Christiana Care Health System.

Dr. Castellano has been an active member of PRIM&R since becoming a member of ARENA in 1996. He was a member of the ARENA Council, serving as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative from 1996 to 2006 and as treasurer from 2004 to 2006. Dr. Castellano was a member of the Council of Certified IRB Professionals (CCIP) for fourteen years.

Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Castellano was the director of clinical services and research at Christiana Care with over 10 years of experience as a principal investigator. As such, he has both the perspective of investigator and of the IRB on human subjects protections. Dr. Castellano has authored numerous publications and given lectures throughout the country and internationally on a variety of topics; research, research and biomedical ethics, institutional review boards, and conflicts of interest. He has also served on expert panels involving human research subjects protections.

In addition to his position as the corporate director of the IRB, he currently serves on the Christiana Care Ethics Committee. He was also a member of the duPont Children’s Hospital IRB, consultant to the State of Delaware IRB, and served on the Ethics Consultation Sub-Committee, Cancer Committee, Graduate Medical Education Committee, HIPAA Privacy and Security Committee, Office of Transformation and Innovation, the Delaware CTR Advisory Committee, and the Information Technology Advisory Council. He is a member of numerous research committees of the departments at Christiana Care, including Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Maternal Fetal Medicine, CAR-T Gene Editing Institute, Trauma and Neurosurgery, Infectious Disease, HIV Program, and many others.

Dr. Castellano is also very active in the community with the Think First Injury Prevention Program (Delaware Chapter), Delaware Bioscience Alliance, and serves as a board member of the Delaware Stroke Initiative (DSI). He gives community based lectures on biomedical research and advanced directives, and serves as a guest lecturer in many support groups. He has served on the Executive Advisory Committee of the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) for the past 10 years and continues to do so.

In the words of the PRIM&R member who nominated Dr. Castellano:

Jerry has been active in the field of research review and the PRIM&R organization for over two decades. He has been a continuous advocate for the advancement of the IRB field and the professional development of those working in it. During the ARENA years he was an active member of the ARENA Council, eventually serving in the role of treasurer. Jerry was actively engaged in the work of integrating ARENA into PRIM&R, and was supportive in spite of his reservations regarding the move. After ARENA, Jerry remained active in the organization, including serving multiple terms on the CIP Council.

Dr. Castellano has left an enduring mark on the PRIM&R community as well as the wider research ethics field. It is with enormous gratitude that we are honored to present him with the ARENA Legacy Award.

Distinguished Service Award - P. Pearl O'Rourke

P Pearl ORourke AwardPRIM&R is pleased to present P. Pearl O'Rourke, MD with a 2018 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. O'Rourke is the director of human research affairs at Partners HealthCare System, Inc., in Boston, MA, and an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. O'Rourke has an esteemed history with the organization. She was a member of PRIM&R's Board of Directors from 2001 to 2016, and was appointed as chair in 2007. She has been a speaker at PRIM&R's annual Advancing Ethical Research (AER) conference since 2003 and beginning in 2007, has served on and co-chaired the AER Core Conference Planning Committee (CCPC) for numerous years. Dr. O'Rourke continues to be involved with PRIM&R as a member of the AER18 CCPC and the organization's Public Policy Committee. In addition to her wide-ranging contributions to PRIM&R, Dr. O'Rourke has worked as a pediatric critical care physician at Boston Children's Hospital and at the Children's Hospital at University of Washington in Seattle where she was the director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a member of the institutional review board for many years. Throughout her career in pediatric critical care, she conducted clinical research in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, liquid ventilation, high frequency ventilation, and pediatric resuscitation. Dr. O'Rourke has also been involved in international medical care, serving in China and Indonesia with Project HOPE.

Dr. O'Rourke was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in 1995-1996 and worked for Senator Edward Kennedy (Democrat-MA) as a member of the Labor Committee Staff. Following this fellowship, she became the deputy director of the Office of Science Policy in the Office of the Director at the NIH where she worked on issues such as privacy, gene therapy (transfer), embryonic stem cells, and genetic discrimination. Since 2001, she has been the director of human research affairs at Partners HealthCare System, Inc., where she leads the oversight systems for human subjects protections and stem cell research.

In the words of the PRIM&R member who nominated Dr. O'Rourke:

There are few people more deserving of the Distinguished Service Award than Pearl O'Rourke. Her unique contributions are wide-ranging, enduring, and ongoing. Pearl is a pediatric intensivist, who did her clinical work in critical care and conducted clinical research on ECMO and related technologies. Since the 1990s, Pearl has made many significant and valuable contributions to the ethical conduct of research… Dr. O'Rourke has attained distinction and wide recognition in promoting the purpose and ideals of PRIM&R through writing, teaching, and research. Her work is consistent with the stated mission of PRIM&R in that she strives to advance the highest ethical standards in the conduct of biomedical, behavioral, and social science research.

Dr. O'Rourke has made a remarkable impact not only on the PRIM&R community, but on the entire research ethics field. It is the utmost honor to celebrate her enduring impact by presenting her with the Distinguished Service Award.