The Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) selected WHI as the 2015 winner of the Team Science Award in recognition of our team's success in the translation of research discoveries into clinical applications and eventually widespread clinical practice. The award will be presented at their annual meeting on Thursday April 16th. Jean Wactawski-Wende, Chair of the WHI Steering Committee, will be in attendance to accept the award on behalf of WHI.
This award was established to acknowledge and catalyze the growing importance of interdisciplinary teams to the translation of research discoveries into clinical applications and eventually widespread clinical practice. Proactive interaction between academic and industry researchers is particularly crucial to continue progress and accelerate drug development. Recipients have demonstrated their support of a team science environment by creating mechanisms to enhance the required infrastructure, such as through pilot funding, technology transfer offices, shared resources, etc., and by presenting awards, honors, appointments, and promotions to those who participate in interdisciplinary teams.
Gary Gibbons, Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, said, "[This is] a very well deserved recognition for a landmark study, a superb group of NIH staff that have been wonderful public stewards and a terrific team of investigators who have been pathfinders for transformative science."