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CR Forum Announces 2018 Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Awards

Monday, March 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Van Hook
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Washington, D.C. – March 12, 2018 – The Clinical Research (CR) Forum is proud to announce the important and ground-breaking clinical research studies that will be recognized at the 2018 Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Awards at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 18, 2018.

 The award-winning studies exemplify major advances resulting from the nation’s investment in research to benefit the health and welfare of its citizens, and reflect the influential work being conducted by investigators at research institutions and hospitals across the United States, as well as at partner institutions from around the world.

Following a nationwide call for nominations, the Clinical Research Forum Board of Directors selected winners based on the degree of innovation and novelty involved in the advancement of science; contribution to the understanding of human disease and/or physiology; and potential impact upon the diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment of disease. All nominated studies were published in peer-reviewed journals during the calendar year 2017.

Winning research focused on:

  • The first successful gene therapy treatment for cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a fatal brain disease that most severely affects boys and men (“Gene Therapy Halts Progression of Cerebral ALD,” Massachusetts General Hospital);
  • Understanding loss-of-function genetic mutations and how that can transform medicine development studies (“The Human Knockout Project,” University of Pennsylvania); and,

 On April 18th in Washington, D.C., researchers from all ten research studies will be recognized and celebrated at a gala dinner and reception at the National Press Club. At the ceremony, the Clinical Research Forum will announce the top three studies that will receive additional recognition:

  •  The Herbert Pardes Clinical Research Excellence Award, named in honor of CR Forum board member Herbert Pardes for his profound impact on clinical research and academic medicine; this award, which comes with a $7,500 cash prize, is for the research study that best shows a high degree of innovation and creativity, advances science, and has an impact upon human disease. 
  • The Distinguished Clinical Research Achievement Awards, presented to the top two studies that show creativity, innovation, or a novel approach that demonstrates an immediate impact on the health and well-being of patients. Each study will receive a $5,000 cash prize.

 “This year, we were gratified to see a tremendous increase in nominations, and the level of scientific rigor, quality, and innovation was truly outstanding,” said Harry P. Selker, MD, MSPH, Chair of the CR Forum Board of Directors. “It was a very difficult decision-making process, but as a result, we can say with confidence that these ten studies are truly remarkable.”

Awardees will have the opportunity to meet with policymakers the day after the ceremony to discuss their findings and the critical role of federal funding for clinical research.

Visit for study descriptions, authors, and a list of institutions represented.

About the Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Awards

Recognizing the need to celebrate our nation's clinical research accomplishments that involve both innovation and impact on human disease, the Clinical Research Forum conducts an annual competition to determine the ten outstanding research accomplishments in the United States. These major research advances represent a portion of the annual return on the nation's investment in the health and future welfare of its citizens. 

About the Clinical Research Forum

The mission of the Clinical Research Forum is to provide leadership to the national and clinical translational research enterprise and promote understanding and support for clinical research and its impact on health and healthcare. For more information, visit

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