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The Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics Awarded

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - Campus News -

Patricia Price Browne was a highly respected and creative worker for the causes of women's and children's health who stayed true to her personal mottos to "spend time wisely with people and projects that matter" and "work and play out of a sense of love and joy, not duty". Her husband Henry and their two children, Matthew and Whitney were the people who mattered most to her, but her discipline and dedication allowed her to devote significant energy to community causes. She was a Charter member of Children's Medical Research Institute, now Children's Hospital Foundation, and served as President of the Board of Directors in 1992.

In 2003, an Endowed Chair was funded in Patricia's name to ensure quality health care for the children of Oklahoma. The CMRI Patricia Price Browne Distinguished Chair in Pediatrics proceeds are designated for research, education and clinical care programs as well as to establish a $10,000 annual award in biomedical ethics to physicians, nurses, research scientists and others who demonstrate the highest professional standards in the medical or professional ethics fields. This award, known as the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics, is a fitting memorial to her legacy.
The $10,000 Prize that is supported by the CMRI Patricia Price Browne Distinguished Chair and is administered through the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, will be presented during a visit to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Campus in early 2013. The goal of the Prize is to foster the development of the highest professional standards in health care through discussions of the ethical issues related to complex health care topics.
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine has awarded the 2013 Prize in Biomedical Ethics to Thomas H. Murray, president emeritus and senior research scholar at The Hastings Center in Garrison, New York.
"I am especially pleased that Dr. Murray has been selected to receive the Patricia Price Browne Prize," said Terrence L. Stull, M.D., CMRI Patricia Price Browne Distinguished Chair in Pediatrics. "His contributions in biomedical ethics have been not only broad and deep, but his contributions have been sustained for a long time. He has meaningfully influenced our society's approaches to many difficult scientific issues."
In the course of the past 30 years, Murray has established himself as a leader in the field of biomedical ethics-a system of moral principles that apply values and judgments to the practice of medicine-working to broaden and deepen, as well as advance, the field. He is the author of many articles and books on a broad range of bioethics subjects, including the acclaimed 1996 book The Worth of a Child, which examines the prominent innovations in reproduction and proposes a model of mutuality for the complex parent-child relationship, and continues to be influential in teaching and scholarship on biotechnologies that affect this relationship.
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