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CCCT member named 2009 Fellow of the Society for Clinical Trials

Sara Pressel, faculty associate at The University of Texas School of Public Health Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials (CCCT), has been named a 2009 Fellow of the Society for Clinical Trials.

Sara Pressel, 2009 Fellow of the Society for Clinical Trials

Sara Pressel, 2009 Fellow of the Society for Clinical Trials

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Pressel is being recognized by the clinical trials community for her contributions to the coordination, conduct and leadership of clinical trials.

Pressel is currently the co-principal investigator for the Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT). ALLHAT is the largest long-term interventional cardiovascular trial ever conducted and includes 623 clinical centers in the United States, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico; nine regional coordinating centers; and 42,418 participants. This trial directly compared four commonly prescribed classes of antihypertensive agents for their ability to prevent coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular and renal outcomes.

Pressel will be honored at the Society for Clinical Trials annual meeting May 4, 2009.

For the third time in the past four years, a member from the CCCT has been recognized as a fellow. C. Morton Hawkins, Sc.D., was recognized in 2006 and Barry Davis, M.D., Ph.D., director of the CCCT, was recognized in 2007.

About the Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials: The mission of the Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials (CCCT) is the coordination of large multi-center controlled clinical trials. The goals of the center are to identify important public health problems; design large clinical trials to study the efficacy of appropriate interventions; collect, report and interpret study findings; and contribute to medical, statistical and clinical trials knowledge.

The Society for Clinical Trials, created in 1978, is an international professional organization dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge about the design, conduct and analysis of government and industry-sponsored clinical trials and related health care research methodologies.

by Jade Waddy, Institutional Advancement