The Clinical Research Forum is an organization devoted to promoting clinical research in the United States whose members include the leading academic medical centers across the country. Each year, the Forum conducts a competition to determine the 10 outstanding clinical research accomplishments during the prior year. This year, two studies led by University of Chicago faculty were selected for this highly competitive honor.
The Herbert Pardes Clinical Research Excellence Award, the Clinical Research Forum’s highest honor, went to a team headed by Anne Sperling, Associate Professor of Medicine, and Carole Ober, Professor and Chair of Human Genetics. Their study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that despite similar genetic ancestries and lifestyles in the Amish and Hutterites, the much lower incidence of asthma and allergic sensitization in the Amish is related at least in part to differences in the house dust in Amish homes that engage and shape the innate immune system and suppress the immune reactions that lead to asthma.
The Distinguished Clinical Research Achievement Award for studies that demonstrate creativity, innovation, or a novel approach to impact the health and well-being of patients went to a team led by pulmonologist John P. Kress, Professor of Medicine, and Bhakti Patel, Clinical Instructor of Medicine. Their study from the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that using a transparent, airtight helmet instead of a face mask helps respiration in critically ill patients.
Please join me in congratulating Carole, Anne, John, Bhakti and their colleagues on their very significant accomplishments.