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A Tyler Junior College nursing professor recently received recognition from a global professional association for her clinical research work.

Debbie A. Waldrop received the Advancing Public Awareness in Clinical Research Award from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals at the organization's global conference in Orlando, Fla., according to a TJC news release.

Ms. Waldrop is a professor in the TJC Associate Degree Nursing program and a part-time research consultant.

The award recognizes someone who has contributed to the public's understanding of clinical research and participation in studies, and to the advancement of the profession.

The organization recognized Ms. Waldrop for her commitment to educating the public about clinical research through more than 20 years in the profession.

She has done this through television appearances, the development of patient education days, and presentations on research participation and research careers, according to the news release.

As a certified clinical research consultant for more than 20 years, she has managed pharmaceutical studies and government-sponsored studies; developed and participated in investigator-initiated studies; established three clinical research offices and training programs for patients, staff, and investigators; and served as a member of an Institutional Review Board and on multiple boards of directors.

In addition, her work has been published in journals and she has presented at the Association of Clinical Research Professionals Global Conference and Exhibition and other national conferences, according to the news release.

For the professional association, she served with the former Site Managers Forum from 2004 to 2010 and on the North Texas Chapter's membership committee from 1998 to 2000.

Ms. Waldrop said she received this award in part because of her years of participation in TJC's Expanding Your Horizons program, which promotes mathematics and science careers to middle school girls.

Through a program entitled "Gummy Bears vs. Jelly Beans: Research in Action," she introduced girls to clinical research as a career path.

"TJC serves the community in so many ways," she said, according to the news release. "I am blessed to be a part of it."


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