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Dr. Anne Gershon receives 2013 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award
Date:4/23/2013

Washington, D.C. April 23, 2013 Today, the Sabin Vaccine Institute presented its annual Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award to Dr. Anne Gershon, of Columbia University, for her outstanding research and public health efforts to combat the varicella zoster virus (VZV). Dr. Gershon's research was critical to the widespread adoption of the varicella vaccine, which prevents chickenpox.

"We are proud to present this year's Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award to Dr. Gershon for her dedication to scientific research and public health," said Dr. Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute. "Her contributions have helped drastically reduce chickenpox infections and resulting hospitalizations for severe cases. Dr. Gershon embodies Dr. Sabin's commitment to improving public health through scientific research."

Dr. Gershon is the director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease and Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, a position she has held for the past 26 years. Her research, which included examining the epidemiology, diagnosis, immunology, latency, prevention and treatment of VZV, played a crucial role in the final steps of the vaccine's licensure and broad public use. Dr. Gershon continues to study the safety and efficacy of varicella vaccine, including the growth and pathogenesis of VZV in cell culture and latency of VZV in humans and animal models.

"Dr. Sabin dedicated his career to treating and preventing some of the most pervasive health problems in the world," said Dr. Gershon. "I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award and I hope that our work will continue to honor Dr. Sabin's legacy as we build upon VZV research to treat and prevent other widespread infectious diseases."

Chickenpox is a highly contagious, airborne infection that can be spread via contact with an infected person. Symptoms can include irritability, loss of appetite, aching muscles and head
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