Stephen B. Hulley, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the UCSF School of Medicine, has been named the winner of the 2005 Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Clinical Research Training Program Directors. Hulley has had a profound impact in clinical research as well as the education of those performing clinical research. He has devoted his 30-year career to clinical research primarily in cardiovascular disease. Hulley was educated at Harvard Medical School and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. For 30 years, he has studied research methodology and the epidemiology of heart disease. He has chaired the Steering Committee of the Coronary Artery Risk in Young Adults national study for 15 years, and he currently directs the coordinating centers of four large multi-center clinical trials: the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study, the Medicine or Surgery for Uterine Bleeding, the Wasting and Growth Hormone Trial and the Pharmacogenetics and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. In addition to his research contributions, his gifts to clinical research education are broad and far-reaching. Hulley has directed fellowship programs sponsored by the Mellon Foundation and by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the past two decades. He is the founder and director of the UCSF Training in Clinical Research (TICR) Program, which is partially supported by a K-30 Clinical Research Curriculum Award from the NIH for which he is the principal investigator. His TICR program at UCSF for physicians features three components: a two-month Summer Clinical Research Workshop; a year-long Advanced Training in Clinical Research Certificate Program; and a two-year Master's Degree Program in Clinical Research. In the past five years, about 760 trainees have taken part in at least one of these programs. The strength of this program was recently appreciated as UCSF was awarded one of the Roadmap K12 Awards from the NIH. In addition to his efforts at UCSF, Hulley has a profound influence at the national and international levels. A critical accomplishment has been his leadership in the Association of Clinical Research Training Program Directors (ACRTPD). His efforts have been instrumental in the formation, maturation and success of ACRTPD. Hulley is also the author of more than 200 scientific reports and a text, Designing Clinical Research, now in its second edition. The book is a reference for not only clinical investigators, but also for those that teach patient-oriented research around the world.