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Dr. Hunter Handsfield wins prestigious Thomas Parran Award
Date:3/3/2010

Seattle, March 3, 2010 University of Washington's Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield, a long-time trailblazer in sexually transmitted diseases (STD) research, will receive the nation's highest honor in the STD field during the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2010 National STD Prevention Conference in Atlanta, March 8-11.

Handsfield is the 2010 recipient of the Thomas Parran Award, named for Dr. Thomas Parran, Jr., U.S. Surgeon General from 1936 to 1948 and the chief developer of modern STD prevention strategies. The American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (ASTDA) bestows the award in recognition of "long and distinguished" contributions to STD research and prevention.

Handsfield has been a leader in STD prevention and research since the early 1970s, when modern scientific investigation in STDs was gaining public and scientific attention and moving beyond what was then believed to be just a national gonorrhea epidemic. Handsfield was selected by unanimous decision of ASTDA's awards committee, said Dr. Bradley Stoner, committee chair and associate professor of medicine and anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis.

"Over the past 30 years, Dr. Handsfield's contributions to our field have been enormous," said Dr. Edward W. Hook III, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, in his nominating letter. "Dr. Handsfield is a proven and influential investigator, an innovator in the provision of health services for persons with and at risk for STDs and an effective mentor who has guided several of us forward in our careers within the field of STDs/HIV prevention."

Handsfield, a clinical professor of medicine at UW, is currently a senior research leader at the Battelle Centers for Public Health Research, where he focuses on domestic and international HIV prevention research especially HIV/STD prevention in Zimbabwe. He got his start in STD research and prevention as
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