Winthrop Earns Prestigious Research Accreditation

Vol. 19, No. 1
Winter/Spring 2009

  • The Most Precious Gift of All

  • Winthrop Names John F. Collins President and CEO

  • Relief for Parkinson�s & Other Movement Disorders

  • Winthrop�s Bariatric Surgery Center: Helping Patients Win in the Battle to Lose

  • Winthrop Earns Prestigious Research Accreditation

  • Clinical Trials

  • Advanced Procedure & World-Class Care Provide Back Pain Relief to Patients

  • Yuletide Ball Raises Close to $90,000 in Support of Pediatric Services

  • Winthrop�s International Adoption Program: Connecting Loving Hearts and Healthy Children around the Globe

  • NY Islanders Score Big with Young Patients at Winthrop

  • The Guardian Society � Watching Over Your Future and Winthrop�s

  • Senator Fuschillo �Extends the Holidays� With Loads of Toys for Young Patients at Winthrop

  • Mineola Lions Club Shows Continued Support for Diabetes Education Center

  • Long Island Quilters Society Works of Art on Display at Cancer Center for Kids

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  • Many important advances in the field of medicine have been a direct result of groundbreaking biomedical research.

    Contributing to these advances is Winthrop�s vigorous research program, which includes both basic research (laboratory studies) and clinical research (studies that involve human subjects such as clinical trials). A vital component in achieving research excellence is an institution�s commitment to ascribe to the highest ethical standards and protection of research participants.

    Recently, in recognition of Winthrop�s unwavering commitment to quality research endeavors, the Hospital received full accreditation of its extensive biomedical research program by the prestigious Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP). Winthrop is now among only 159 organizations worldwide to have earned the accreditation since the AAHRPP was established in 2001. Accreditation is available to U.S. and international organizations that conduct biomedical, behavioral or social sciences research involving human participants.


    �The protection of our research volunteers is of paramount importance to Winthrop�s physician scientists,� said John F. Aloia, MD, Winthrop�s Chief Academic Officer. �AAHRPP accreditation is our assurance to them that multiple systems are in place to safeguard them throughout the research process.�

    �The 159 accredited organizations have demonstrated that they can achieve AAHRPP�s high standards,� said AAHRPP President and CEO Marjorie A. Speers, PhD. �That distinguishes them from their non-accredited peers and increases their appeal to sponsors, research partners and research participants.�

    Through the rigorous AAHRPP accreditation process, organizations must demonstrate that they have built extensive safeguards into every level of their research operation and that they adhere to the highest standards for research. AAHRPP�s standards exceed federal regulations by requiring organizations to address conflict of interest, to provide community outreach and education and to apply the same stringent protections to all research involving human participants. The accreditation process was coordinated at Winthrop by Tina Berry, CIP, Director of Winthrop�s Institutional Review Board, and Alexander Schoen, MBA, Director of Winthrop�s Office of Sponsored Programs.

    As a teaching hospital, scholarship and research go hand-in-hand at Winthrop. Extensive research is conducted through Winthrop�s Clinical Trials Center, where physician researchers carry out investigational studies of new drugs and protocols on a broad range of topics, and in research laboratories where scientists study the molecular biology of disease. Researchers in the Office of Health Outcomes Research investigate healthcare and its outcomes at the level of the patient, the clinician, the practice setting, the institution, the community, and society as a whole.

    Research at Winthrop is focused on three major themes that comprise the most urgent healthcare challenges of today: diabetes and cardiometabolic syndrome; infant prematurity and perinatal conditions; and chronic disease and aging. At Winthrop, physician scientists work closely with PhD research investigators to translate scientific discoveries derived in bench research to clinical solutions applied at the bedside.

    For additional information about Winthrop�s medical, educational and research programs, please call (516) 663-2521.

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