Awards and Recognition

(From the May 2018 Issue of MedStat)

SMA Study Wins Distinguished Clinical Research Achievement Award

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is honored to announce that the first clinical trial to test the functional replacement of the mutated gene responsible for SMA1 led by Jerry Mendell, MD, was recognized as a recipient of the Distinguished Clinical Research Achievement Award by the Clinical Research (CR) Forum.

The CR Forum, a non-profit membership association of top clinical research experts and thought-leaders from the nation’s leading academic health centers, presented the Distinguished Clinical Research Achievement Award to two outstanding studies at the Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Awards on April 18, 2018, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. A complete list of the 2018 Top Ten Award Winners can be found at

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Elaine R. Mardis, PhD, Named AACR President-Elect

The members of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) have elected Elaine R. Mardis, PhD, as President-Elect for 2018-2019. She officially became President-Elect at the AACR Annual Meeting in April and will assume the presidency in April 2019. Dr. Mardis holds the Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair in Genomic Medicine and is co-executive director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is a world-renowned researcher whose work centers on the genomic characterization of cancer and its implications for cancer medicine. As AACR President-Elect, Mardis will work with the Board of Directors and the AACR membership, which includes more than 40,000 members in 120 countries, to further the association’s mission to prevent and cure all cancers through research, education, communication, and collaboration.

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