Society for Clinical Research Coordination and Management

CREATE Awards: Definitions for Nomination

Categories for Nominations:

  • Distinguished Performance in a Clinical Research Coordinator or Research Assistant Role – recognizes CRPs with varied responsibilities in coordinating clinical trials including working with patients
  • Distinguished Performance in a Research Role with Clinical Licensurerecognizes CRPs who apply their clinical expertise to promote safe data collection from patients
  • Distinguished Performance in a Regulatory or Monitoring & Compliance Rolerecognizes CRPs who use expert knowledge of regulatory standards to promote patient safety and data integrity
  • Distinguished Performance in a Data Management and Informatics Rolerecognizes CRPs who facilitate the collection and security of clinical data
  • Distinguished Performance in a Research Administrative or Financial Officer Rolerecognizes CRPs who manage the budgetary and/or logistical systems that facilitate clinical research
  • Excellence in Leadership of Clinical Research Professionals – recognizes mentors and leaders of CRPs who share knowledge and advocate for their colleagues
  • Clinical Research Professional Lifetime Achievement Awardrecognizes CRPs who have dedicated their careers to the success of clinical research at Penn Medicine
  • Innovations in Clinical Research Operations Award – recognizes groups or individuals who build systems that improve how we conduct clinical research at Penn Medicine  

For a detailed and downloadable description of nominations click HERE


Nomination form HERE via REDCap

Nomination period will end on 27SEPT2023. Deadline is for the NOMINATION only. Letters of support are NOT required to submit this nomination form. For Letters of Support, the SCRCM will reach out to the finalists' references before 11OCT2023.


Categories for the C.A.R.E. Awards: 2007-2022

Rising Star Award

Clinical research support staff members who have at least 2 years of clinical research experience are eligible to be nominated for this award. The award recognizes individuals who have who have demonstrated initiative, motivation, maturity, professionalism and attention to detail in the pursuit of their responsibilities.  Additionally this person should have excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills that are likely to lead to a successful career within the Penn clinical research community.

Leading Edge in Clinical Research Award 

The Leading Edge in Clinical Research Award recognizes an individual who exemplifies the spirit of ingenuity and inventiveness within clinical research through adaptation, enhancement, and development of new processes /approaches that result in improvement to the clinical research execution. This person has demonstrated the ability to consistently approach research with creativity and zeal, shown a willingness to assume additional responsibilities/roles and has demonstrated an impressive body of clinical and regulatory research skills. 

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a clinical research professional who during their lifetime at Penn has made consistently superior contributions of outstanding significance to the field of clinical research at the University of Pennsylvania.  This award recognizes that the scope of clinical research is diverse and requires the input and effort of a wide variety of individuals.  The awardee will have demonstrated tremendous experience in the clinical, regulatory and/or financial aspects of the clinical research profession and has contributed to training the next generation of clinical research professionals.


Past Recipients - CARE Awards 2007-2022





Kelsey Moulton Neurology Rising Star 2022
Vanessa Madden DOM Leading Edge 2022
Elizabeth Moore Emergency Medicine Lifetime 2022
Abby Dolan, MPH Emergency Medicine Rising Star 2021
Rachel Feuerstein-Simon, MPA, MPH Family Medicine & Community Health Leading Edge 2021
Debbra A. Grier, BSN, RN, MBA, CCRP Medicine Nephrology Lifetime 2021
Rupa Chowdary DOM, Clinical Trials Unit Rising Star 2020
Eileen Donaghy MSN,CRNP DOM, Infectious Diseases Leading Edge 2020
Kathleen Thomas MSOD, Radiology Lifetime 2020
Sage L Rush Psychiatry Rising Star 2019
Radhakrishna Kallem Renal — Research Investigator Leading Edge 2019
Lisa Nessel MSS, MLSP Department of Medicine Lifetime 2019
Danielle D. Weinberg, M.P.H Neonatology Rising Star 2018
Jaqueline Boccanfuso Neuroengineering & Therapeutics Leading Edge 2018
Denise Cifelli, M.S. CR Computing Unit  Life Time Achievement 2018
Daniela Sacchetti Neurology  Rising Star 2017
Arden McAllister OBGyn and Family Planning Leading Edge 2017
Frances M. Pack, RN, CCRC Circadian Neurobiology Life Time Achievement 2017
Maria Martin Neurology/ Multiple Sclerosis Rising Star 2016
Angela Sheridan Renal, Electrolyte and Hypertension Leading Edge 2016
Eileen M. Maloney-Wilensky Neurosurgery  Life Time Achievement 2016
Brian Rice Rheumatology Rising Star 2015
Asma Chudhary Pediatrics HUP Leading Edge 2015
Kelly Timbers  Womens Health Research Center Life Time Achievement 2015
Erin Gilroy Epidemiology Rising Star 2014
Katherine E. Lamond Emergency Medicine Leading Edge 2014
Joe H. Quinn Infectious Diseases  Life Time Achievement 2014
Lisa Desiderio Radiology Life Time Achievement 2013
Suzanne Frangos Neurosurgery Life Time Achievement 2012
Lisa Gardo Pulmonary Life Time Achievement 2011
Jennifer Goldfarb Dermatology Life Time Achievement 2010
Joyce Okawa Dermatology Life Time Achievement 2009
Annamarie Horan Orthopaedic Surgery Life Time Achievement 2008
Joan DuPont Ophthalmology Life Time Achievement 2007