Dr. Malcolm Brenner research accomplishment named one of best in 2012 Award

HOUSTON - (April 18, 2012) - Dr. Malcolm Brenner and his colleagues have been recognized by the Clinical Research Forum in their 2012 Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards for clinical research conducted in the United States between 2010 and 2011. Brenner, director of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital and The Methodist Hospital, and his colleagues were awarded the second highest prize of the 10 awardees for their work published in the Nov. 3, 2011, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. He will be presented with the award at the Clinical Research Forum's annual meeting in April.

In the study, Brenner and his colleagues identified a new approach to make stem cell transplantation safer. For more details on the study, see the initial news release announcing the work.

Other awardees included researchers from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the University of North Carolina, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Washington and the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard.

The Clinical Research Forum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing national leadership in clinical research. Its mission is to generate support for clinical research and promote understanding of its impact on health and health care delivery. Members are among the nation's most prestigious academic medical centers and health systems.

"There's never been a moment that's more optimistic in the history of biology for spectacular breakthroughs to happen, but it will require strategic investment at a most difficult time in our history," said Dr. William F. Crowley Jr., founder and past chairman of the Clinical Research Forum and director of the Clinical Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. "But that is what has made America the world leader in biomedical research, and if we're going to retain that we have to continue making these investments."

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