2023 #ThanksResearch In Person Gala

#ThanksRESEARCH in person GALA
september 22, 2023 @ 12pm

View Recording of the 2022 Gala

NWABR’s 2022 Gala was a celebration of people, organizations, initiatives, and communities who have worked to improve trust in biomedical research. Trust is fundamental to everything that we do in biomedical research and at this year's Gala we will be celebrating a unique group of awardees who have built trust in their fields.


Nominate the 2023 Awardees Here

Each year the Board of NWABR gives out awards to celebrate progress in biomedical research. 

In 2022 the Board of NWABR decided to present its Alvin J. Thompson Award to a research program that developed from a genuine research partnership between academic researchers and a First Nations community which brought together knowledge and expertise to advance research and wellness. The 2022 Thompson Award awardees are:

  • Mr. Chad Norman Day – President of the Tahltan Nation
  • Ms. Christine Ball - Director of Health Programs at Tahltan Health & Social Services Authority, Telegraph Creek, British Columbia
  • Dr. B Lynn Beattie – Emerita Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine Department of Medicine, the University of British Columbia.
  • Dr. Judy Illes, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar, UBC Distinguished Scholar in Neuroethics, Director Neuroethics Canada, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus, Musqueam Traditional Territory

The 2022 Buster and Nancy D. Alvord Award is being jointly presented to Dr. Nancy L. Haigwood, and the U.S. Animal Research Openness Initiative.  The Award is given to Dr. Haigwood in recognition of her lifetime contribution to ethically conducted biomedical research.  Dr. Haigwood also chairs the US Animal Research Openness Initiative.  The Initiative is playing a vital role to promote transparency and build trust in research.

Two long standing NWABR Board Members who stepped down from the Board earlier in 2022 will also be honored at the Gala.  Each of these Board Members have helped to build NWABR’s standing within the biomedical research community.  Each of these emeritus Board Members will be presented with NWABR’s 2022 Edison Award.  The two emeritus Board Members are:

Dr. Steve Libby

Dr. Kim Stocking

Registration is $30 per viewing device (that is several people can view one device for just one registration fee).  NWABR Board Members each have an allocation of seats for the event.  Please contact Ken Gordon (executivedirector@nwabr.org) if you wish to connect with a Board Member.



Advarra advances the way clinical research is conducted: bringing life sciences companies, CROs, research sites, investigators, and academia together at the intersection of safety, technology, and collaboration. With trusted IRB and IBC review solutions, innovative technologies, experienced consultants, and deep-seated connections across the industry, Advarra provides integrated solutions that safeguard trial participants, empower clinical sites, ensure compliance, and optimize research performance. Advarra is advancing clinical trials to make them safer, smarter, and faster. For more information, visit www.advarra.com.


The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, represents the country’s leading biopharmaceutical researchers and biotechnology companies.  Our members are committed to finding tomorrow’s cures and treatments for some of the most serious diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease.


#ScienceWorks is a campaign highlighting the passionate people of biopharmaceutical research, because they have never been more important than right now. Every day, thousands of biopharmaceutical researchers across Washington state work in pursuit of innovations that improve our health and well-being. Their thirst for knowledge has powered some of the most significant medical breakthroughs. But too often their innovation-driving research goes unnoticed. #ScienceWorks is changing that by shining a spotlight on their vital role by putting their personal stories front and center and reminding people they can trust science. Because science works. And when we trust in science, we all win. Visit www.scienceworks.us to learn more.


WCG IRB provides the highest quality ethical reviews of clinical research protocols and studies. WCG IRB was created by combining five IRBs with different areas of expertise and geographical reach – Western IRB (WIRB), the world’s first independent ethical review board, Copernicus Group IRB, New England IRB, Aspire IRB, and Midlands IRB. WCG IRB has more than 50 years’ experience and more than 200 members on AAHRPP-accredited boards. Since 2000, WCG IRB has also provided IBC administration and review services to nearly 800 institutions and evaluated more than 400 human gene transfer protocols. For more information, please visit visit www.wcgirb.com or follow us on Twitter @WCGClinical or LinkedIn.


We Work for Health – Washington brings together patient advocates, life science industry partners, economic development entities, and academic research institutions to advocate for federal policy outcomes that promote new therapeutic discovery and ensure patients are able to access their medications at the pharmacy counter. WWFH-WA works in coalition with state partners to meet directly with elected officials and educate the public through events and media engagement about the importance and impact of the life science industry in Washington state.




The 2021 Gala was recorded and you can view the event with this YouTube link:  Gala Recording

If the work of NWABR inspires you then we also encourage you to visit NWABR’s Giving Page:  Donate Now

If you have questions about the Gala or want to speak to a human being to discuss involvement in future events, please contact Ken Gordon (206 595-2450).  


Past Gala Awardees

NWABR Distinguished Service Awards (AKA the Edison Awards)

NWABR Distinguished Service Awards are given to NWABR staff, Board and other community members in honor of their personal contributions to the work of NWABR.  These Awards were instigated in 2016 and the past recipients were:


Lee Schoentrup

James Riddle 

Lynn Rose

Judy Fenyk-Melody


William Dernell

Jennifer Hansberry

Royce Morrison

Stephen Rosenfeld


William (Bill) Dale

Todd Myers

Marcia Johnson-Witter and Max Witter on behalf of the Dean Witter Foundation


Cami Gearhart

Cheryl Weaver

Ben Wilfond


Alex Dugdale

Don Wang


No Edison Awards were given out in 2021.  


Previous Thompson and Alvord Award Gala Awardees


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