Pillars of PRIM&R

Our Pillars

Created in 2007, the Pillar of PRIM&R designation recognizes individuals who were integral PRIM&R's founding and early growth, and who provided exemplary service and uncommon commitment to PRIM&R’s values and mission during the organization’s formative years. A fund was created to provide an annual award in honor of the Pillars, to recognize projects or efforts that reflect a similar commitment to PRIM&R’s mission and core values.

Joseph ByrneAs one of PRIM&R’s founders and a committed board director for 43 years, Joseph J. Byrne, MD has had an integral role not only in positioning PRIM&R for its future success, but in stewarding the organization through decades of growth and change. Dr. Byrne earned a PhD in chemistry from Purdue University, and went on to work for the Monsanto Research Corporation for a decade. But his professional home, for over thirty years, was Tufts University, where he served as an invaluable member of the faculty, and later as research coordinator for the Tufts Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, administrator of the Tufts Basic Science Research Center, associate dean for governmental affairs, director of government resources, and finally, as the associate provost for research emeritus. Dr. Byrne served as PRIM&R’s treasurer for over two decades, a role in which he stewarded the organization’s finances, and growth with great wisdom, care, and a willingness to innovate. During PRIM&R’s early years, Dr. Byrne led the effort to integrate animal research subject protection and research misconduct and conflict of interest, all of which are now key components of PRIM&R’s educational offerings. Dr. Byrne’s humility, warmth, good humor, generosity, and effective leadership are gifts to PRIM&R and to all who know him.

Louis LasagnaLouis Lasagna, MD, (1923-2003) the "Father of Clinical Pharmacology," was a vital member of the PRIM&R board of directors for nearly twenty years. He first became involved with the organization when he spoke at one of our conferences in 1980. Thereafter, he consistently contributed time, wisdom, spirit, warmth, humor, principled leadership, and endless hard work to every PRIM&R project he undertook. When Dr. Lasagna first became involved with PRIM&R, he was already a giant and a hero, not only in the field of pharmacology, but also in the emerging area of the responsible and ethical conduct of research. Everything he did was informed by his humanity, as well as by his concern that science, and life in general, must be a search for "logic, wisdom, truth, meaning, and justice."

Herman WigodskyHerman Wigodsky, MD, PHD, (1915-2005) was actively involved in promoting research ethics throughout his over 60 year career. "Wig" served in the United States Air Force (USAF) during World War II as the director of research at the USAF School of Aviation Medicine from 1944 to 1947. He worked for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission and then for the National Academy of Sciences prior to moving to the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1950. Wig loved PRIM&R, and he was, in turn, loved by all those who met him over the course of his association with the organization. Wig was a broken mold, and when he gave a talk or facilitated a breakout session at one of our meetings, his comments were always strong, spicy, and usually right on target.

Sanford ChodoshSanford Chodosh, MD, (1928-2010) was a co-founder of PRIM&R and served as president of PRIM&R's Board of Directors from 1979 to 2001. Dr. Chodosh, a clinical investigator for more than 40 years, retired from the Boston University School of Medicine where he was an Associate Professor and from the VA Outpatient Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was Chief of Staff for 14 years and Chief of Pulmonary. Dr. Chodosh authored or coauthored more than 73 articles, 38 abstracts, and 40 chapters in books and monographs. He was involved in a number of hospital and organization activities and received numerous awards and honors. Dr. Chodosh served as the IRB chair at the Boston City Hospital from 1971 to 1984. Through the time of his passing, he continued to be deeply involved with the protection of human and animal subjects in research as a founder of PRIM&R and as a member of the Board of Directors. In 2005, he received PRIM&R's Founders' Award in recognition of his long service to the organization.

Harry RozmiarekHarry Rozmiarek, DVM, PhD, DACLAM (1939-2013) served as a member of PRIM&R's Board of Directors from 1990-2013. Dr. Rozmiarek had a long and distinguished career that spanned the armed forces and academia. His career was marked not only by his dedication to laboratory animal medicine and animal care and use, but also by his commitment to mentoring those who were just starting out in these fields. Upon his death, Dr. Rozmiarek was professor emeritus of laboratory animal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a visiting professor laboratory animal medicine at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and the laboratory animal facility director at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. He published extensively in the fields of immunology, toxicology, virology and infectious disease, and laboratory animal management and husbandry, and authored over 60 publications and presentations. Dr. Rozmiarek was an enthusiastic volunteer who lent his boundless energy, wise counsel, and skilled expertise to numerous organizations, including PRIM&R where he served as an active and valued member of PRIM&R's executive, finance, and certification committees, and as PRIM&R's board treasurer and secretary. Dr. Rozmiarek was the recipient of several awards, including the Nathan R. Brewer Award for lifetime achievement from the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Harry Rozmiarek's embrace of education, hard work, volunteerism, and family, combine to compose a life that defies sufficient description or adequate tribute.

Warren AsheDr. Ashe had a self-described love affair with Howard University from childhood, when he dreamed of being involved in the medical school. After receiving his bachelor's degree in psychology from Howard, Dr. Ashe enlisted in the US Marines Corps. He remarked that the day he enlisted was both the best—and the worst—day of his life. "[The Marines] have a motto that I still remember. They say, 'the difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little time.'…I live my life on that principle."

After an honorable discharge in 1953, Dr. Ashe was hired at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He worked at NIH for 20 years, and was the first African-American to become a senior scientific advisor at the National Institute for Dental Research. In 1961, after spending time studying the herpes simplex virus, he published his first paper in the journal, Archives of Oral Biology. In 1962, he earned a master's degree in microbiology from Howard.

In 1971, Dr. Ashe received a call from the dean of Howard University College of Medicine, asking him to join the administration. Dr. Ashe began his work at Howard later that year, starting as an assistant dean and instructor of microbiology. In 1976, Dr. Ashe enrolled as a PhD student in the department of microbiology, working during the day and taking classes at night. He completed his longed-for doctoral degree in 1984.

When Dr. Ashe first arrived at Howard, there was no formal process for reviewing research. He formed the Human Research Review Committee, charged with reviewing all human research in the College of Medicine, which eventually transformed into the first institutional review board (IRB) at the University. He served as executive secretary for the IRB from 1971 until 2006.

While involved with the IRB, Dr. Ashe began attending PRIM&R conferences, and was invited by William Freeman, a PRIM&R Board member, to speak at a conference sponsored by the Applied Research Ethics National Association (PRIM&R's former membership division) on a panel titled Can Tuskegee Happen Again? Held in 1998, this conference marked the beginning of Dr. Ashe's involvement with PRIM&R; he was elected to PRIM&R's Board of Directors that year, serving until 2010.

During his time on the board, Dr. Ashe and Dr. Freeman created the organization's Institutional Capacity Building Scholarship Program, which was established to help individuals from under-represented minority institutions take advantage of participating in PRIM&R's annual conferences. The program continues today, and has been instrumental in bringing professionals from historically Black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, and Hispanic-serving institutions to PRIM&R events for more than a decade.