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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Moves Forward To Assure Patients of the Proper Conduct of Clinical Trials

The Rev. William J. Sullivan to chair committee on patient protection in research trials

SEATTLE — Apr. 19, 2001 — The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Board of Trustees today announced the selection of committee members to oversee the review of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's current practices related to patient participation in clinical trials. The Rev. William J. Sullivan, S.J., former President and current Chancellor of Seattle University, will oversee the effort.

Known as the Committee on Patient Protection in Research Trials, the group will evaluate reports of independent experts selected by the Committee who will review the Center's institutional review board, informed consent process, protocol safety and data monitoring, conflict of interest and financial disclosure policies.

The Committee will select nationally recognized independent experts to conduct the reviews. Upon assessment of the reports from the independent experts, the Committee will report on the status of current practices and will make recommendations to the Hutchinson Center's Board of Trustees. The Committee plans to complete its work by late summer.

"We take our charge seriously, realizing also that the public, as well as the Hutchinson Center, is counting on us to conduct the review efficiently and responsibly," Father Sullivan said. "We all believe strongly that patient protection is a priority and know that clinical trials are important to finding cures for deadly diseases."

Father Sullivan selected the Committee members. The Committee is comprised of respected members of the community, many of whom have had personal experiences with cancer.

The Committee members are: Boh Dickey, retired president and chief operating officer, SAFECO; James Dwyer, president, Sound Floor Coverings Inc.; Anne Farrell, president and chief executive officer, The Seattle Foundation; Jon Fine, president and chief executive officer, United Way of King County; Richard Guy, former chief justice, Washington State Supreme Court; Linda Mattox, community volunteer; Shan Mullin, partner, Perkins Coie; Marsha Pechman, judge, U.S. District Court; William Ruckelshaus, strategic director, Madrona Venture Group; Pat Stanford, community volunteer; and Dina Wells, community volunteer.

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