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Groundbreaking clinical research honored by Clinical Research Forum

WASHINGTON--()--The Clinical Research Forum recognizes the year’s ten most outstanding research papers written by teams from across the nation at its fifth annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The ten winning papers were chosen based on their degree of innovation from a pool of more than 40 nominations from 30 research and academic health centers nationwide.

The top three distinguished clinical research achievement awards were given to papers that focused on a systolic blood pressure intervention trial, cavity shave margins in breast cancer, and over diagnosis of Clostridium difficile Infection. The Forum believes these papers represent the best and brightest work in the field, and lead to advancements in medicine that change lives and patient outcomes worldwide.

“These exemplars of clinical research demonstrate the development of insights into disease processes and their diagnosis, treatment, and prevention,” said Harry P. Selker, MD, MSPH, Chairman of the Clinical Research Forum Board of Directors. “These awards showcase the innovative and productive research of teams across the country that have shown great promise for impact on health.”

Award-winning paper topics included:

  • Improvement in the effectiveness of breast cancer surgery
  • New understanding of the genetics of colon cancer
  • More effective cancer prevention
  • The detection of the overdiagnosis Clostridium difficile that had led to overtreatment
  • Reductions in cardiovascular and kidney disease due to new insights in treating hypertension
  • Innovations in the cellular immunotherapy for hematologic malignancies

Visit to view the full list of winners.

The Clinical Research Forum advocates for increased respect for the field, which members hope will translate to sustained financial support from the NIH, academia, foundations and other donors.

About the Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards

The Top 10 Clinical Research Achievements Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in clinical research that identify major advances resulting from the nation’s investment in research to benefit the health and welfare of its citizens. The awards are a signature program of the Clinical Research Forum. For more information, visit

About the Clinical Research Forum

The Clinical Research Forum convenes annually to allow industry leaders to discuss issues facing the field, best practices, and promote understanding and support for clinical research and its impact on health and healthcare. Through its activities, the Forum has increasingly played a national advocacy role in supporting broader interests and needs of clinical research. For more information, visit


Clinical Research Forum
Bill Braun, 202.367.1176

Release Summary

The Clinical Research Forum is proud to honor the year’s ten most outstanding scientific research papers written by teams from across the nation at its fifth annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.


Clinical Research Forum
Bill Braun, 202.367.1176