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A Personal and Professional Honor

Each recipient of the NFID Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement has a story to tell–from their early beginnings, to career advancement and accomplishments, to colleagues and mentors to thank. One story that they all tell is what winning the prestigious award means to them. For the 2014 Maxwell Finland Awardee, Richard L. Guerrant MD, “This is a huge personal and…

Improving the Lives of Children in Resource-Poor Areas

According to William A. Petri, Jr., MD, PhD, a friend and colleague of Richard L. Guerrant, MD, the recipient of 2014 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, “Dr. Guerrant is an international leader in the field of gastrointestinal pathogens and his hallmark contributions to better understanding of the causes, long-term effects, and treatment of persistent or chronic diarrhea make him an ideal…

Bringing the Best of Modern Medicine to Those Who Need it Most

NFID is proud to honor David A. Walton, MD, MPH as the recipient of the 2014 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award in recognition of his profound capacity to effectively connect global health research, training, and service to improve the lives of the poor and suffering in Haiti. Dr. Walton has been addressing medical needs in Haiti since shortly after…

A Fitting Tribute

After 18 years of dedicated service as NFID executive director, Len Novick retired on June 30, 2013. Below is a “fitting tribute”  made by NFID immediate past-president Dr. William Schaffner at Len’s farewell dinner. Len, thank you so much for everything and we all wish you much happiness in your retirement! I’m reminded of that notable ceremony that all universities conduct as spring slides…

Recognizing Promising Scientists in the Early Stages of Their Careers

Since 2007, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has awarded the Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award to a “promising scientist in the early stages of their careers in any field of vaccinology, from basic research, through pre-clinical and clinical studies, manufacturing, and production, to related research in public health, agriculture, health delivery, policy, and regulatory matters.” The award provides…

Winning the Fight against Infectious Diseases

During the 2013 NFID Awards Gala, we heard from the 2013 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award  winner, Dr. Adetukunbo O. Lucas, that we are winning the fight against infectious diseases! Both Dr. Lucas and Dr. Paul A. Offit, winner of the 2013 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, reminded us that the fight to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases is not…

Celebrating the Humanitarian Role of Public Health

Below, Dr. Adetukunbo O. Lucas provides heartfelt comments on what it means to him to have been selected as the recipient of the 2013 NFID Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award. “With overwhelming joy, I received the news that the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases had selected me to receive the 2013 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award. The award is appropriately named in…

Improving the Health of Humankind

The NFID Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award honors individuals whose outstanding humanitarian efforts and achievements have contributed significantly to improving the health of humankind. Selection criteria include the following factors: Legislative or administrative contributions Humanitarian service and/or Public education activities “Over the past 40 years there was hardly any public health policy and arena that Dr. Adetokunbo O. Lucas…

A Man of Few Words

Every awardee of the NFID Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement has a story to tell–from their early beginnings to career advancement and accomplishments to colleagues and mentors to thank. One story that they all tell is what winning this prestigious award means to them. For the 2013 Maxwell Finland Award winner, Dr. Paul A. Offit, “It is a thrill…

He’s Got What it Takes!

In selecting the winner of the 2013 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement from the many qualified nominees, the NFID nominating committee considered three primary factors: Excellence in clinical and/or research activities Participation in the training of future leaders in the field Positive impact on the health of humankind. Dr. Paul A. Offit is a perfect fill in all three…

Can You Guess What These Five Distinguished Scientists Have in Common?

Take a look at the list of people below. Can you guess what these five distinguished scientists have in common (besides all being in the field of medicine)? John G. Bartlett, MD Anthony S. Fauci, MD Maurice R. Hilleman, PhD C. Everett Koop, MD Stanley A. Plotkin, MD They are all recipients of the NFID Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific…

What Do These Five Individuals Have in Common?

What do these five individuals have in common? 1. Jimmy Carter 2. Bill Clinton 3. Dr. Paul Farmer 4. Bill Gates 5. Colin Powell At first glance, it may appear as not much, but in addition to being esteemed leaders in their fields, they are all previous recipients of the NFID Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award. The award was…