Lurie Children’s Awarded Accreditation for Protecting Research Participants

Chicago — Lurie Children’s is pleased to announce that it has been awarded full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) at the September meeting of its Council on Accreditation. An independent, non-profit accrediting body, AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that human research protection programs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. AAHRPP promotes high quality, ethically sound research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their research protection programs.

“I greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication our Lurie Children’s staff devotes to the mission of securing AAHRPP accreditation. Their efforts have led to this distinguished honor  the highest level of accreditation for performing research involving human participants. We now join an elite group of institutions with this special status,” said Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD, President and Scientific Director of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Research Center, Children's Research Fund Professor, William G. Swartchild, Jr. Distinguished Research Professor, and Professor at Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  

Lurie Children’s Human Research Protection Program is comprised of all persons and departments engaged in the planning, design, review, conduct and administrative support of any research involving human participants. In addition, it is guided by the ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence and justice. 

“This accreditation signifies that Lurie Children’s, through its established policies, procedures and practices is committed to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement,” said Hendrix. “The ‘gold seal’ offers assurances to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators and the general public that our Human Research Protection Program is focused on excellence.” 

Lurie Children’s is one of the top children’s hospitals in the country according to U.S.News & World Report. It is the pediatric training ground for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and one of only a handful of U.S. children’s hospitals with a dedicated pediatric research center. It was the first children’s hospital in the country to receive the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence.  

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