The Double Helix, Spring 2017


In This Issue: Spring 2017  


Message from Headquarters: Honoring Infectious Disease Heroes

The annual NFID Awards Dinner has always been a highlight of the year for mean opportunity to be inspired by the heroes being honored and to network with NFID supporters from near and far. I hope that you will join us to offer a special congratulations to the 2017 awardees: Peter Piot, MD, PhD, Myron M. Levine, MD, and Thomas M. File, Jr., MD at the Annual Awards Dinner on May 18, 2017 in Bethesda, MD. And please consider submitting nominations for the 2018 awards before the June 30, 2017 deadline. 

NFID will also be recognizing another infectious disease hero with a special screening of Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children followed by a Q&A with Paul A. Offit, MD. The screening will be held on April 25, 2017, in conjunction with the 20th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research. Admission  is free and open to the public (RSVP required) and we hope to see many of you there.

On the public health front, NFID declared March as Shingles Awareness Month in Birmingham, AL along with local hero, Mayor Willam A. Bell, Sr. The campaign was designed to help increase understanding of the burden of the disease and the importance of prevention through vaccination. NFID created a pilot toolkit available online (with posters, flyers, sample social media posts, PSA video, and sample newsletter/website content to help other heroes raise awareness in their own states.

With the goal of arming local and national heroes with resources focused on the science and safety of vaccines, NFID is launching a Science of Vaccines campaign next month, to coincide with the March for Science on April 22, 2017. New tools will include a history of vaccine science infographic as well as interactive social media materials. Information will be available at as the materials are finalized.

Sadly, as we honor the accomplishments of infectious disease heroes, we also mourn the loss of one of our own—Leon G. Smith, MD, who died on December 19, 2016 at the age of 87. Dr. Smith served as NFID President from 1994-1997 and was a true leader in the field of infectious diseases. He is perhaps most well-known for his work during the early AIDS epidemic in the US when less was known about the infection and hospitals were hesitant to admit patients with AIDS. Dr. Smith worked with Archbishop McCarrick to ensure that St. Michael’s Medical Center would open its doors to these maligned patients and the facility was the first in New Jersey to establish an AIDS inpatient unit and clinic. We are saddened by his loss and extend our condolences to his family. To make a donation to NFID in his honor, visit

Thank you for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you at an NFID-sponsored event soon!

Best regards,

Marla Dalton, CAE
NFID Executive Director & CEO


HPV Vaccinations: From Recommendations to Practice

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET
(CME/CNE available)

Register for the complimentary webinar

Human papillomaviruses (HPV) cause more than 31,000 cases of cancer in the US each year. Join NFID President-Elect Joseph A. Bocchini, Jr., MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics Health Sciences Center at Louisiana State University and Tracy Bieber, RN, BSN, Immunization Strategy Manager at Sanford Health System for an update on current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations regarding the use of HPV vaccines and strategies for improving immunization rates.

Learn more about NFID free webinars at

2017 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research

Join more than 300 researchers and scientists from around the world at the 20th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (ACVR) on April 24-26 in Bethesda, MD. ACVR is a forum for high-quality, current reports of scientific progress and best practices featured in both invited presentations and submitted oral abstracts and posters.

Don’t miss out on these special activities included with ACVR registration:

Robert Austrian Memorial Lecture
Thinking Outside the Bug: An Admiral’s Reflections on the Captain of the Men of Death

Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS)
Acting Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Acting Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry

Closing Keynote Session
Vaccines to Fight Emerging Infectious Diseases: Use of Novel Platform Technologies

Hear from a panel of industry experts about novel platform technologies used for the development of vaccines to combat emerging infectious diseases. Updates on vaccines to prevent Zika, MERS, Ebola, and other emerging diseases will be discussed. Public-private partnerships are already producing promising results. Learn more at

View the detailed 2017 ACVR agenda and register now


Hilleman Movie Screening Followed by Q&A with Paul A. Offit, MD

Hilleman Movie Screening: 4/25/17 @ 5:30 PM
Join NFID on April 25, 2017 at 5:30 PM in Bethesda, MD
View the documentary that tells the inspiring story of Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a man with a singular, unwavering focus: to eliminate the diseases of children. From his poverty-stricken youth on the plains of Montana, he came to prevent pandemic flu, develop the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, and invent the first-ever vaccine against human cancer. This event is open to the public. There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required.

2017 NFID Awards Dinner: Celebrating Infectious Disease Heroes

NFID will honor three infectious disease heroes at the 2017 Annual Awards Dinner on May 18, 2017 in Bethesda, MD:

Peter Piot, MD, PhD will receive the 2017 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award in recognition of his lifetime public health contributions and leadership, through his role in the first isolation of the Ebola virus and outbreak investigation, his early AIDS research in Africa, his leadership of the global AIDS response, and his service as head of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Myron M. Levine, MD will receive the 2017 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement for his unparalleled accomplishments in public health to identify solutions to major sources of disease in the developing world including cholera, typhoid, and Shigella dysentery.
Thomas M. File, Jr., MD will receive the 2017 John P. Utz Leadership Award in recognition of his commitment as a national leader in infectious diseases and an exceptional teacher, clinician, scientist, and prolific contributor to the infectious disease literature.

This black-tie event includes a cocktail reception, dinner, and awards presentations followed by a dessert reception. All contributions (less $100 per ticket) are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Purchase your ticket today.

Call for 2018 NFID Award Nominations
Nominations for the 2018 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement and Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award are now being accepted online until June 30, 2017. Awards will be presented at a black-tie gala in the Spring of 2018 in the Washington, DC area.

Help NFID celebrate our 2017 heroes even if you cannot join us in person!
If you would like to thank Drs. Piot, Levine, and File for their tremendous contributions to public health, post a tweet using #NFIDAwards or send an email to by May 1, 2017.

Comments will be shared with the awardees and may also be included on NFID social media feeds live during the dinner.

Partner News

Adolescent Immunization Initiative
In July 2016, a multidisciplinary group of experts in adolescent health and immunization, the Adolescent Immunization Initiative (AII), gathered for a 1-day meeting to focus on immunization of older adolescents (16-18 years of age), a group with immunization rates well below national goals. Download the whitepaper to learn more.

20th Annual MAD-ID Meeting
The Annual MAD-ID Meeting will be held in partnership with NFID, on May 10-13, 2017 in Orlando, FL. This 3-day educational conference is specifically designed for pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals interested in applying recent research to patient care and antimicrobial stewardship. Continuing pharmacy education (CPE) and continuing medical education (CME) credit is available. Learn more and register today.

National Adult Immunization Plan
To boost adult immunization rates and improve public health, the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) issued the first-ever National Adult Immunization Plan in 2016 with wide input from stakeholders. The companion document, National Adult Immunization Plan: A Path to Implementation, facilitates action on the goals outlined in the plan by identifying implementation priorities and supporting activities to overcome barriers to adult immunization, strengthen infrastructure, and improve adult immunization rates. Share stories via email of how you are supporting plan goals and you may be featured on the NVPO website!


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Upcoming NFID Events

April 19, 2017: HPV Vaccinations: From Recommendations to Practice (webinar)
April 24-26, 2017: 20th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, Bethesda, MD
May 3, 2017: Principles of Vaccine Storage and Handling (webinar)
May 10-13, 2017:
20th Annual MAD-ID Meeting, Orlando, FL 
May 18, 2017: 2017 NFID Annual Awards Dinner, Bethesda, MD
September 15, 2017:
6th Annual Flu Awareness Night at Nats Park, Washington, DC
November 4-6, 2017: Fall 2017 Clinical Vaccinology Course, Bethesda, MD

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