NFID Awards Dinner: May 5, 2015
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases will honor Samuel L. Katz, MD, F. Marc LaForce, MD, and Richard J. Duma, MD, PhD during a black-tie ceremony honoring individuals for their outstanding achievements in humanitarian service; public education; legislative and/or administrative contributions; clinical and/or research activities; and training future leaders in the field of infectious diseases.
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2015 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement
Samuel L. Katz, MD
Dr. Samuel Katz is an innovative physician-scientist whose pioneering work on the development and promotion of the Edmonston measles virus vaccine has revolutionized children’s health and reduced childhood mortality worldwide. Dr. Katz successfully introduced measles vaccine to a small village in Nigeria where people were used to their children dying from measles. He has achieved what most investigators dream of: translation of his research into a global resource that has improved public health and the lives of many.
2015 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award
F. Marc LaForce, MD
Dr. F. Marc LaForce is recognized for his work in eliminating an epidemic that has inflicted suffering and death to the people of sub-Saharan Africa for millennia. He created and implemented MenAfriVac, a vaccine that prevents Group A meningococcal meningitis, providing profound humanitarian service to those disadvantaged people.
2015 John P. Utz Leadership Award
Richard J. Duma, MD, PhD
Dr. Richard J. Duma, an original founder of NFID, is recognized for his leadership in the fight against infectious diseases. As the founding president of NFID in 1973, Dr. Duma has remained involved and continues to contribute to the mission of NFID through his leadership.
*NFID is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1973 dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases across the lifespan. Contributions (less $100 per ticket) are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.