Dr. Thomas Fleming received the 2020 Ward Cates Spirit Award during the recent HPTN 2020 Update Webinar. He was acknowledged for his admirable dedication, passion, and tireless pursuit of ensuring clinical trials are well designed, properly implemented, and correctly interpreted. Dr. Fleming has generously given his time to develop capacity within the HPTN and elsewhere to understand the issues related to clinical trials through teaching both in U.S. and HPTN trial sites in Africa. The award honors the legacy of Dr. Willard (Ward) Cates Jr., a dedicated steward of the HPTN scientific and research programs, and a respected scientist who contributed to groundbreaking contraceptive and HIV prevention research. Dr. Fleming is a biostatistics professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle. He serves on several Food and Drug Administration advisory committees, is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and was an HPTN SDMC/FHCRC principal investigator from 1994 to 2000. Dr. Fleming has chaired/served on data monitoring committees for more than 100 clinical trials and has authored or co-authored several books and more than 250 peer-reviewed research articles, including HIVNET 012 and HPTN 052.
Oct 8, 2020