The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine has awarded its 2013 biomedical ethics prize to a New York research scholar.
Thomas H. Murray, president emeritus and senior research scholar at The Hastings Center, Garrison, N.Y., has received the Children's Medical Research Institute/Patricia Price Browne Distinguished Chair in Pediatrics.
The prize is named for the late Patricia Price Browne, a charter member of the Children's Medical Research Institute, which is now the Children's Hospital Foundation. She served as its board president in 1992. In 2003, an endowed chair was funded in her name for research, education and clinical care programs.
As part of the chair, a $10,000 prize is awarded in biomedical ethics each year to physicians, nurses, research scientists and others who demonstrate high professional standards in the medical or professional ethics field, a news release from the Children's Hospital Foundation said. The OU College of Medicine administers the prize. Its goal is to foster the development of high professional standards in health care through discussions of the ethical issues related to complex health care topics.
In the course of the past 30 years, Murray has established himself as a leader in the field of biomedical ethics — a system of moral principles that apply values and judgments to the practice of medicine, the release stated. He has written articles and books on a range of bioethics subjects, including “The Worth of a Child” in 1996.
He will receive the prize during a visit to the OU Health Sciences Center campus in early 2013.
Murray's “contributions in biomedical ethics have been not only broad and deep, but his contributions have been sustained for a long time. He has meaningfully influenced our society's approaches to many difficult scientific issues,” said Dr. Terrence L. Stull, who holds the CMRI Patricia Price Browne Distinguished Chair in Pediatrics, in the news release.
Children's Hospital Foundation helps to fund pediatric research, education and clinical care, ultimately supporting The Children's Hospital in serving every county in Oklahoma with more than 162,000 annual patient visits. All funds raised through Children's Hospital Foundation stay in Oklahoma.
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