Review board founder honored by WHO

Western Institutional Review Board founder Dr. Angela Bowen has received the leadership in human protection award from the World Health Organization.

Bowen formed WIRB in 1968. Based in west Olympia, it has grown to become one of the largest institutional review boards in the world, with research sites in all 50 states and 30 countries. WIRB reviews hospital, individual and university medical and scientific research projects.

She also serves on the Olympia Tumwater Foundation and the Capital Medical Center board of trustees. Until 1991, Bowen also had an endocrinology practice.

Prior to that, she was a coordinator of metabolic research at Virginia Mason Research Center and a clinical instructor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

WIRB moved into an $8 million, four-story medical office building in March 2009 that is visible from U.S. Highway 101 at Cooper Point Road.