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ACTRI Presents 2017 O’Connor Memorial Award to Genomics Researcher Hyeoneui Kim and Collaborator Olivier Harismendy

From left are Olivier Harismendy, PhD; Kellie Evans-O’Connor; Hyeoneui Kim, RN, MPH, PhD; and Murray Stein, MD, MPH, during the presentation of the Daniel T. O’Connor Award on Feb. 23. Stein, director of the ACTRI Pilot Project Program, presented the award to Kim, along with her collaborator Harismendy, for their ACTRI 2017 pilot project, “Sharing Genetic Test Results.” The O’Connor award provides additional funding to the pilot project.

February 23, 2017  |  Patti Wieser

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) announces Hyeoneui Kim, RN, MPH, PhD, as the recipient of the 2017 Daniel T. O’Connor Memorial Award. The O’Connor award provides an additional $5k to the top ranked ACTRI 2017 pilot project recipient. Kim is receiving a pilot project award this spring to support her study, “Sharing Genetic Test Results.” 

“We are very pleased to present the O’Connor award to Dr. Kim and her collaborator, Dr. Olivier Harismendy. Their application stood out among over 70 pilot project applications received by the ACTRI this year,” said Murray Stein, MD, MPH. Stein is director of the ACTRI Pilot Project Program and a distinguished professor of psychiatry and family medicine and public health. He presented the O’Connor award to Kim and Harismendy on Feb. 23 prior to the annual Daniel T. O’Connor Memorial Lecture held at the UC San Diego Leichtag Building. The lecture is part of the ACTRI seminar series.

Kim, an associate professor of bioinformatics, and Harismendy, an assistant professor of bioinformatics, both at UC San Diego Department of Medicine, are studying how to implement a novel biomedical informatics framework to enable precision medicine research using large electronic medical records-based cohorts. “Our pilot project goal is to develop a procedure, including data mapping and formatting, to allow UC institutions to host mutation specific information in their clinical data warehouse (CDW) and share this information through the University of California Research eXchange (UC ReX) system,” Kim said.

Kim said it was an honor to receive the O’Connor award. “Receiving this award is extremely encouraging as it confirms the importance of our project, which is to build an infrastructure for systematically analyzing genetic test data through a clinical data warehouse.”    

The O’Connor award was established in 2015 by Kellie Evans-O’Connor, the widow of Daniel T. O’Connor. O’Connor, a longstanding and beloved member of the faculty of the UC San Diego School of Medicine, is widely recognized for his achievements in clinical, translational and basic research on a national and international scale, particularly in the areas of adrenergic contributions to blood pressure regulation and the complex role of genetics in the contribution to hypertension. He had served on the CTRI Research Committee and conducted many clinical trials at CTRI. The memorial award supports a junior investigator by supplementing an ACTRI pilot project.

“Dan loved collaborating with and encouraging all kinds of colleagues at every level. But his greatest love was championing young investigators. He was not a fellow who shined the light on himself, but rather on others, because he felt everyone, including himself, benefitted from it. So I feel strongly that he would forgive us and rather joyously approve of this award,” said Evans-O’Connor.

About UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute:

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium, led by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Science. Established in 2010, ACTRI provides infrastructure and support for basic, translational and clinical research throughout the San Diego region to bring discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside, and facilitates training and education of the next generation of researchers. ACTRI carries out its activities in collaboration with institutional and corporate partners and currently has more than 1,500 members.