Levi named first mid-career translational research awardee

July 14, 2005

Benjamin H. Levi, associate professor of humanities and pediatrics, Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, recently was selected as the first recipient of the Mid-Career Translational Research Award by the College of Medicine's Samuel Hinkle Society. The award was established by the Hinkle Society, whose members are full professors of the College of Medicine, to recognize investigators who are applying their research findings directly for the improvement of health.

"Dr. Levi cares for children, a charge he takes very seriously," said Judith Bond, co-chair of the Hinkle Society and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the College of Medicine. "In addition, he conducts research, translates ethical theory for clinical colleagues, and helps health-care providers to develop a deeper understanding of the ethical issues that lie behind and within the daily practices of medicine. The society feels he is a model of translational research and is a very deserving recipient of this award."

One of Levi's current projects is the Penn State Immunization Project, which involves the analysis of allegations levied against routine childhood immunizations and the creation of educational tools to help primary-care providers better understand and address parents' concerns about childhood immunizations. Levi also leads the Penn State Suspicion Project, which strives to define "reasonable suspicion" in the context of mandated reporting of suspected child abuse. The goal of that project is to develop a program to educate mandated reporters about the meaning and applications of reasonable suspicion.

Levi is a recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Career Development Award and also works with Michael Green, associate professor of humanities and medicine at the College of Medicine, on a National Institutes of Health-funded project to help people make plans for end-of-life care. The two are developing an interactive CD-ROM educational tutorial to guide users through various legal, medical and values-based components involved in creating an advance directive for health care.

The Hinkle Society was established in 1975 to honor Samuel Hinkle, former president of the Hershey Chocolate Corp. and former Penn State trustee, who was instrumental in the founding of the medical center and College of Medicine. In addition to this award, The Hinkle Society sponsors a yearly award and lectureship for the Outstanding Junior Investigator in the College of Medicine. The Hinkle Society is co-chaired by Bond and Kym Salness, professor of emergency medicine.

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