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Kristal Adams

Adams research efforts earn 2022 Toth Award

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The Research Policy Committee honored Kristal Adams with the 2022 Frank J. Toth Award, the highest recognition for SIU School of Medicine research support personnel. Adams is a clinical research program director in the Center for Clinical Research (CCR). She has worked at SIU for 15 years.

A number of Adams’ nominators attested to her exemplary abilities as an administrator and research coordinator. “Kristal's knowledge ... is absolutely invaluable. She is able to work incredibly well with SIU faculty and staff in order to successfully roll out studies, educate all those involved and enroll patients. Every conversation with faculty, about Kristal, is nothing short of absolute glowing praise of her,” said Dr. Danuta Dynda, associate professor in the Department of Surgery.

“Kristal plays a very vital mentorship role for junior research specialists, chairing the Clinical Research Coordinator Network,” said Dr. Sowmy Thuppal, assistant professor, Surgery. “She ensures the coordinators are updated on new research requirements and regularly revising the key aspects of clinical research.”

“My partners and I are always impressed by her efficiency, organization and rapport with staff and the patients she serves,” said Dr. Brad Schwartz, chair of Urology. “Kristal has been instrumental in the success of many of our clinical trials.” After one urology trial was completed ahead of schedule, the department received  additional invitations to participate in more of the sponsor’s studies.

The award was created to honor the memory of Frank J. Toth, who worked for many years as a chemist for the Environmental Protection Agency. His work and life in support of health-related science and research inspired this recognition of research personnel (non-faculty) whose work contributes to the research mission of SIU School of Medicine. Dr. Linda Toth, former associate dean for research, established the award.

The recognition includes being memorialized on a plaque and a monetary award to assist the recipient in attending a professional meeting/conference, continuing education event or in receiving additional training related to their job.

Adams earned a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville in 2008. She began working as a researcher in the Department of Child and Adolescent Neurology at SIU School of Medicine later that year. In 2010 she became a clinical research specialist in the CCR.

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