Four Medicine Faculty Selected for the Clinical Research Forum Top Awards

April 18, 2017

Drs. Anne Sperling, Cara Hrusch, JP Kress and Bhakti Patel from the Section of Pulmonary /Critical Care Medicine were selected by the Clinical Research Forum ( CRF) as # 1 and # 2 in its an annual competition to determine the top ten outstanding research accomplishments in the United States.

Dr. Anne Sperling (Associate Professor of Medicine) and Dr. Cara Hrusch (Pathway Instructor) were awarded the CRF’s highest honor, the Herbert Pardes Clinical Research Excellence Award, for demonstrating that substances in the house dust from Amish, but not Hutterite, homes were able to engage and shape the innate immune system (the body’s front-line response to most microbes) in young Amish, but not Hutterite, children in ways that appear to suppress pathologic responses leading to allergic asthma. This study ““Innate Immunity and Asthma Risk in Amish and Hutterite Farm Children,” was published August 4, 2016, in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Herbert Pardes Clinical Research Excellence Award is awarded to the research study that best exemplifies the spirit of the awards in that it shows a team science approach with a high degree of innovation and creativity, which advances science and has an impact upon human disease.

Dr. John Kress (Professor of Medicine) and Dr. Bhakti Patel (Coggeshall Instructor) were presented with the Distinguished Clinical Research Achievement Award for their study on the “Effect of Noninvasive Ventilation Delivered by Helmet vs Face Mask on the Rate of Endotracheal Intubation in Patients With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: A Randomized Clinical Trial,” was published May 15, 2016, in JAMA. This study showed that using a transparent, air-tight helmet instead of a face mask helps critically ill patients breathe better and can prevent them from needing a ventilator. Patients with helmet ventilation had better survival and spent less time in the intensive care unit. The Distinguished Clinical Research Achievement Awards are presented to the top two studies that demonstrate creativity, innovation, or a novel approach that demonstrates an immediate impact on the health and well-being of patients

The Clinical Research Forum is a national organization of senior researchers and thought leaders from the nation’s leading academic health center. The CRF’s mission 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.

Award recipients received a $5000 cash prize and were recognized at the Clinical Research Forum’s sixth annual awards ceremony on April 18 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Members of the research teams visited congressional representatives on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, April 19, to brief officials on their findings and the critical and necessary role of federal funding for clinical research. For more information about these awards click here.