ring work on the development and promotion of the Edmonston measles virus vaccine revolutionized children’s health and reduced childhood mortality worldwide. Dr. Katz successfully introduced measles vaccine to a small village in Nigeria where people were used to their children dying from measles. He has achieved what most investigators dream of: translation of his research into a global resource that has improved public health and the lives of many. In recognition of his contributions, Dr. Katz has been selected to receive the 2015 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement.
“Dr. Katz has had a remarkable impact in vaccine research and development and in efforts that have saved lives, decreased human suffering, and reduced healthcare costs in the US and around the world,” said Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, Dean, Duke University School of Medicine. “Dr. Katz is a revolutionary scientist, a respected teacher, a valued colleague, and a tremendous citizen of his profession and the world.”
In recognition of his leadership in the fight against infectious diseases, Richard J. Duma, MD, PhD, has been selected to receive the 2015 John P. Utz Leadership Award. As the founding president of NFID in 1973, Dr. Duma has remained involved and continues to contribute to the mission of NFID through his leadership. The award was established in honor of the late John P. Utz, MD, who was one of NFID’s original founders.
The awards will all be presented at the 2015 NFID Annual Awards Dinner in the spring of 2015 in the Washington, DC area.
About the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1973 and dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases across the lifespan. Visit
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