The Double Helix, Summer 2018


In This Issue: Summer 2018

   Message from Headquarters
Fall 2018 Clinical Vaccinology Course
NFID & Gusto Farm to Street Fundraiser

NFID Leaders in the News
Partner News
In Memoriam: Stanley Falkow, PhD
Upcoming NFID Events
Support NFID

Message from Headquarters

As summer kicks off, NFID staff and leaders are actively preparing for a busy fall season with new and exciting collaborations, including a partnership with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Football Writers Association of America, to help #FightFlu! Additional details will be announced later this summer.
NFID is also a proud sponsor of the new Smithsonian exhibition, Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World,” which will be on display for the next three years at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. The exhibit focuses on exploring the history and challenges of fighting infectious diseases and raising awareness about pandemic risks. Our world is more interconnected than ever before and as the global population grows, new interactions with animals and the environment can cause disease epidemics. Prior to the public opening on May 18, 2018, the NFID Board of Directors got an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with the lead curator, Sabrina Sholts.

We look forward to spreading awareness and watching the exhibition go “viral” in the coming months and years to come! If your travel plans take you to DC, be sure to take some time to visit the museum and view the exhibit in person.

Spring was a busy travel season for NFID as we continued to share educational materials and resources, through exhibit booths at the 2018 National Immunization Conference and the American College Health Association Annual Meeting, and presentations on the National Survey on College Students and Flu and the Keep Flu Out of School programs. 

Another highlight of the past spring was the 2018 NFID Awards Dinner, also known as the Oscars of Infectious Diseases. The stars of the infectious disease community joined NFID to congratulate the 2018 awardees: Drs. Glass, Edwards, and Schuchat and the inspiring acceptance speeches (and creative song by Anne Schuchat, MD!) clearly demonstrate their roles as important leaders in the fight against infectious diseases. As a reminder, the deadline to nominate deserving heroes for 2019 awards is June 30, 2018. 

2018 marks the 45th anniversary of NFID, working tirelessly to tackle the challenges and minimize the impact of infectious diseases on US public health. To commemorate the anniversary, NFID developed a special video highlighting our 45 years of success.

Your continued support through online donations is greatly appreciated as we expand NFID educational awareness and outreach efforts and collaborations.

Have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you at NFID events this fall!Best regards,


Marla Dalton, CAE
NFID Executive Director & CEO

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Fall 2018 Clinical Vaccinology Course

Don’t miss the 2018 Clinical Vaccinology Course on November 9-10, 2018 in Bethesda, MD. Online registration and poster submission site will open in July 2018. Visit for additional details.

NFID & Gusto Farm to Street Fundraiser

Stop by Gusto Farm to Street in Bethesda, MD on Friday, November 9, 2018 between 11:00 AM-8:00 PM to support NFID through a special fundraiser. Gusto will donate 20% of all purchases to NFID in support of our mission. If you are not able to stop by, consider making an online donation to support NFID.


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NFID Leaders in the News

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Congratulations to outgoing NFID Director, Michael D. Hogue, PharmD, professor of pharmacy and associate dean of the Samford University Center for Faith and Health, on his election as President-Elect of the American Pharmacists Association. He will serve as president from 2020-2021. Dr. Hogue has also been selected as a member of the Class of 2018 Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame Honorees, with an awards luncheon scheduled for July 21, 2018. Learn more  at:

Partner News

Adolescent Immunization Initiative: Implementing the Adolescent 16-Year-Old-Immunization Platform in Your Practice
The Adolescent Immunization Initiative (AII) is a consortium of healthcare providers from multiple disciplines collaborating to raise immunization rates among older adolescents by establishing an immunization platform visit at 16 years of age. AII recently published a white paper to further raise awareness of the critical need to improve adolescent immunization rates, while also providing concrete guidance for how to implement an immunization platform for 16-year-olds.

The Unity Consortium has launched a new campaign emphasizing the importance of preventive healthcare and vaccination for 16 year-olds. The  VAX@16 campaign aims to increase awareness among parents, teens, and healthcare providers of  vaccines recommended for 16-year olds, including meningococcal ACWY, meningococcal B, and flu (seasonally), and includes educational videos and digital posters in English and Spanish. VAX@16 will be featured in physician offices across the country through Unity’s partnership with Outcome Health.

2018 Biomedical Grant Review Panels
The Department of Defense (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) is recruiting healthcare professionals, patients, survivors, and caregivers to serve as consumer reviewers on panels reviewing biomedical research grant applications. Consumer reviewers act as lay experts on their disease, injury, or condition, bringing their experience, practical application, and perspectives to the evaluation of research grant proposals. Infectious disease topic areas for review include: Emerging Infectious Diseases, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV,  Malaria, Tuberculosis, and Vaccine Development for Infectious Diseases. For additional details on the application process, contact Ann Dodelin.

Emerging Infectious Diseases Video Training Series
The University of Maryland Baltimore County, Department of Emergency Health Services, with assistance from the Maryland Department of Health and funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developed a free video training series, EID 4 EMT, to meet the meet the needs of first responders helping individuals who find themselves in health emergencies they cannot manage on their own. Access the modules online.


Flu Awareness Night at Nationals Park

Join NFID for a night out at the ballpark on Friday, September 21, 2018 for the 7th Annual Flu Awareness Night at Nationals Park as the Washington Nationals take on the New York Mets. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to NFID to help support the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, including influenza. Purchase tickets online

In Memoriam: Stanley Falkow, PhD

Stanley Falkow, PhD passed away on May 5, 2018 at his home in Portola Valley, CA at the age of 84.

Falkow was the 1999 recipient of the NFID Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement and was considered a founder of the modern field of bacterial pathogenesis, the study of how infecting microbes and host cells interact to cause disease. The results of his work range from clinical applications, such as a new vaccine for whooping cough, to such fundamental advances in knowledge as the discovery of how cells are penetrated by bacteria. He was one of the first to predict the spread of antibiotic resistance. Read more…

Upcoming NFID Events  

July 12, 2018: NFID Webinar: Updates from June 2018 ACIP Meeting
September 21, 2018: Flu Awareness Night at Nationals Park, Washington, DC
November 9-10, 2018:
2018 Clinical Vaccinology Course, Bethesda, MD
November 9, 2018:
NFID Fundraiser at Gusto Farm to Table, Bethesda, MD
April 3-5, 2019:
2019 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research, Baltimore, MD

Support NFID

Did you know that many diseases including influenza (flu), measles, pneumonia, meningitis, and whooping cough, are vaccine preventable? Your generous support helps NFID to:
  • Educate healthcare professionals;
  • Build awareness among consumers and the media; and
  • Promote leadership development on the causes, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases across the lifespan. 

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