Our Pillars

Since its founding in 1974, PRIM&R has been infused with the wisdom, devotion, and vision of a number of highly respected and uncommonly committed directors of the board, members, and volunteers. In recognition of these contributions, in 2007, PRIM&R established the Pillars of PRIM&R Memorial Fund to recognize those who hold the same values, principles, and commitment to research protections.

This Fund was created in honor of:
Louis LasagnaLouis Lasagna, MD

Louis Lasagna, MD, (1923-2003) the "Father of Clinical Pharmacology," was a vital member of the PRIM&R board of directors for nearly twenty years. He first became involved with the organization when he spoke at one of our conferences in 1980. Thereafter, he consistently contributed time, wisdom, spirit, warmth, humor, principled leadership, and endless hard work to every PRIM&R project he undertook. When Dr. Lasagna first became involved with PRIM&R, he was already a giant and a hero, not only in the field of pharmacology, but also in the emerging area of the responsible and ethical conduct of research. Everything he did was informed by his humanity, as well as by his concern that science, and life in general, must be a search for "logic, wisdom, truth, meaning, and justice."

Herman WigodskyHerman Wigodsky, MD, PhD
Herman Wigodsky, MD, PHD, (1915-2005) was actively involved in promoting research ethics throughout his over 60 year career. "Wig" served in the United States Air Force (USAF) during World War II as the director of research at the USAF School of Aviation Medicine from 1944 to 1947. He worked for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission and then for the National Academy of Sciences prior to moving to the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1950. Wig loved PRIM&R, and he was, in turn, loved by all those who met him over the course of his association with the organization. Wig was a broken mold, and when he gave a talk or facilitated a breakout session at one of our meetings, his comments were always strong, spicy, and usually right on target.

Sanford ChodoshSanford Chodosh, MD
Sanford Chodosh, MD, (1928-2010) was a co-founder of PRIM&R and served as president of PRIM&R's Board of Directors from 1979 to 2001. Dr. Chodosh, a clinical investigator for more than 40 years, retired from the Boston University School of Medicine where he was an Associate Professor and from the VA Outpatient Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was Chief of Staff for 14 years and Chief of Pulmonary. Dr. Chodosh authored or coauthored more than 73 articles, 38 abstracts, and 40 chapters in books and monographs. He was involved in a number of hospital and organization activities and received numerous awards and honors. Dr. Chodosh served as the IRB chair at the Boston City Hospital from 1971 to 1984. Through the time of his passing, he continued to be deeply involved with the protection of human and animal subjects in research as a founder of PRIM&R and as a member of the Board of Directors. In 2005, he received PRIM&R's Founders' Award in recognition of his long service to the organization.

Harry RozmiarekHarry Rozmiarek, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
Harry Rozmiarek, DVM, PhD, DACLAM (1939-2013) served as a member of PRIM&R’s Board of Directors from 1990-2013. Dr. Rozmiarek had a long and distinguished career that spanned the armed forces and academia. His career was marked not only by his dedication to laboratory animal medicine and animal care and use, but also by his commitment to mentoring those who were just starting out in these fields. Upon his death, Dr. Rozmiarek was professor emeritus of laboratory animal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a visiting professor laboratory animal medicine at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and the laboratory animal facility director at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. He published extensively in the fields of immunology, toxicology, virology and infectious disease, and laboratory animal management and husbandry, and authored over 60 publications and presentations. Dr. Rozmiarek was an enthusiastic volunteer who lent his boundless energy, wise counsel, and skilled expertise to numerous organizations, including PRIM&R where he served as an active and valued member of PRIM&R’s executive, finance, and certification committees, and as PRIM&R's board treasurer and secretary. Dr. Rozmiarek was the recipient of several awards, including the Nathan R. Brewer Award for lifetime achievement from the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Harry Rozmiarek’s embrace of education, hard work, volunteerism, and family, combine to compose a life that defies sufficient description or adequate tribute.

 Warren AsheWarren Ashe, PhD

Dr. Ashe had a self-described love affair with Howard University from childhood, when he dreamed of being involved in the medical school. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Howard, Dr. Ashe enlisted in the US Marines Corps. He remarked that the day he enlisted was both the best—and the worst—day of his life. “[The Marines] have a motto that I still remember. They say, ‘the difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little time.’…I live my life on that principle.”

After an honorable discharge in 1953, Dr. Ashe was hired at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He worked at NIH for 20 years, and was the first African-American to become a senior scientific advisor at the National Institute for Dental Research. In 1961, after spending time studying the herpes simplex virus, he published his first paper in the journal, Archives of Oral Biology. In 1962, he earned a master’s degree in microbiology from Howard.

In 1971, Dr. Ashe received a call from the dean of Howard University College of Medicine, asking him to join the administration. Dr. Ashe began his work at Howard later that year, starting as an assistant dean and instructor of microbiology. In 1976, Dr. Ashe enrolled as a PhD student in the department of microbiology, working during the day and taking classes at night. He completed his longed-for doctoral degree in 1984.

When Dr. Ashe first arrived at Howard, there was no formal process for reviewing research. He formed the Human Research Review Committee, charged with reviewing all human research in the College of Medicine, which eventually transformed into the first institutional review board (IRB) at the University. He served as executive secretary for the IRB from 1971 until 2006.

While involved with the IRB, Dr. Ashe began attending PRIM&R conferences, and was invited by William Freeman, a PRIM&R Board member, to speak at a conference sponsored by the Applied Research Ethics National Association (PRIM&R’s former membership division) on a panel titled Can Tuskegee Happen Again? Held in 1998, this conference marked the beginning of Dr. Ashe’s involvement with PRIM&R; he was elected to PRIM&R’s Board of Directors that year, serving until 2010.

During his time on the board, Dr. Ashe and Dr. Freeman created the organization’s Institutional Capacity Building Scholarship Program, which was established to help individuals from under-represented minority institutions take advantage of participating in PRIM&R’s annual conferences. The program continues today, and has been instrumental in bringing professionals from historically Black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, and Hispanic-serving institutions to PRIM&R events for more than a decade.

Pillars of PRIM&R Award

The Pillars of PRIM&R Memorial Fund provides awards to qualified applicants whose scholarship in the field of research ethics reflects PRIM&R's mission and core values. It is our hope, through this initiative, the unique spirit and principles of those designated as Pillars will inspire the next generation of leaders in the field.

Past recipients of the Pillars of PRIM&R Award include:

2015 - Francis Kombe of KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya

2012 - Jeanelle Graham of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa

2010 - Dr. Amal Matar of American University in Cairo, Egypt 

2009 - Dr. Neal Dickert of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Training Program at Emory University School of Medicine.

2008 - Dr. Dyaeldin Elsayed of Al Zaiem Al Azhari University (AAU) in Khartoum, Sudan


Donations to the Pillars of PRIM&R Memorial Fund are now being accepted. PRIM&R is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization. All donations to PRIM&R are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. PRIM&R accepts donations via credit card or by check. Checks should be made payable to PRIM&R and mailed to P.O. Box 845203, Boston, MA 02284-5203. Thank you!