‘If Not for Me’ Film on Pediatric Research Wins Telly Award

WATERTOWN, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#film–NERI’s Digital Strategies team, in collaboration with Mary Margaret
Productions, is pleased to announce that their documentary film ‘If
Not for Me’
received the 2017 Bronze Telly Award in the category: TV
Series or Segment, Documentary.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring
outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the
finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and
films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising
agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators,
and corporate video departments in the world.

If Not for Me is an hour-long documentary which tackles the tough
questions many parents ask about pediatric research by talking with
families who have been there. The film shares stories of families who
have a child with a chronic or acute illness and were asked to join a
research study.

“This project was funded by NHLBI to address the unique issues
surrounding pediatric clinical research participation,” said Victoria
Pemberton, Project Officer at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood
Institute (NHLBI). “Parents agree that clinical research for children is
important to find new and better treatments, but misperceptions, fears
and lack of information often lead parents to forgo enrollment of their
children. If Not for Me works to address those misconceptions by
highlighting families that have gone through pediatric clinical trials.”

“To be acknowledged by a group which recognizes the very best in film
and video is an honor,” says Lisa Marceau, Executive Director and VP of
Digital Strategies. “The film has been a collaboration of creativity,
commitment, and dedication to the importance of research and the craft
of film-making. We are grateful for the teamwork with MMP and the
support by NHLBI.” Refinements to the documentary film are being made
with plans for broad release late spring or early summer – a trailer of
the film can be viewed

NERI is a global, privately-held specialty Contract Research
Organization providing customized clinical trial solutions and patient
registry services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, biomaterial and
medical device companies. NERI also has extensive experience
collaborating on federally-funded research with organizations like the
National Institutes of Health. Since its founding in 1986, NERI has
earned widespread recognition for its scientific credibility,
efficiency, and expertise in conducting clinical trials in a variety of
medical specialties. For more information, visit www.neriscience.com.

Mary Margaret Productions is a Washington DC based production company
that produces award-winning video, film and multi-media projects. Sheila
Curran Dennin, President and Writer/Director, has been writing and
directing for film, video and multi-media over 20 years. Her work has
been recognized by numerous awards, including two Freddies (considered
the “Oscar” of health films), five CINE’s, eight Telly’s, awards from
The International Film and Video Awards in New York, ITVA Festivals in
Chicago and New Orleans and Boston, and numerous HeSCA and National
Health Information awards.

NHLBI is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


New England Research Institutes
Lisa Marceau, 617-972-3011
Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Engagement and Media
Relations Branch, 301-496-5449