ACRP 2019 Awards Recognize Excellence in Clinical Research

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) yesterday announced four recipients of its 2019 Annual Awards for individual excellence in clinical research, recognized during ACRP 2019 in Nashville.

Advancing Public Awareness in Clinical Research
Kevonna Hayes, Greater Gift Initiative
This award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the public’s understanding of clinical research, and to the advancement of the profession. At Greater Gift, where she is a senior coordinator, the public’s understanding of the role that clinical research has in healthcare has increased demonstrably. She and her team have gone above and beyond to provide education related to participation in clinical research.

Outstanding Leadership by a Principal Investigator
Douglas Denham, Clinical Trials of Texas, Inc.

This award recognizes an ACRP Member who has made exceptional contributions as a Principal Investigator that have furthered the vision and mission of ACRP to promote excellence in clinical research. Douglas helped develop a program with the University of Incarnate Word to mentor residents and medical students as they go through rotations at CTT. He conducts lunch-and-learns to educate the staff about different indications. He meets with area physicians to promote research, and he uses his private practice to also talk about and promote research and uses community outreach to educate through various venues.

Outstanding Leadership by a Clinical Research Coordinator
Tina Messina, Independent Consultant

This award recognizes an ACRP Member who has made exceptional contributions as a Clinical Research Coordinator that have furthered the vision and mission of ACRP to promote excellence in clinical research. Tina was instrumental in the development of the Phase 1 unit at New Orleans Center for Clinical Research in 1989. Today the center is a thriving Phase 1-4 unit with offices in both Louisiana and Tennessee. She currently is a senior clinical research nurse at Crescent City Clinical Research Center (Phase 2a-3b). As of today she has worked in over 200 studies, Phase 1-4. She now manages three research centers and oversees the work of all staff.

Outstanding Leadership as a Project Manager
Angela Besanger, Roche Canada

This award recognizes an ACRP Member who has made exceptional contributions as a Project Manager that have furthered the vision and mission of ACRP to promote excellence in clinical research. Angela promotes excellence in clinical research by fostering innovation and has been in charge of developing clinical operations systems for various pharmaceutical / biotech companies. She lead the development of clinical research quality systems to ensure all procedures complied with legal, ethical and regulatory requirements. She also developed a clinical research program and successfully initiated, planned, executed, monitored and closed several clinical research studies.