Research!America honors Fogarty Director Roger Glass

March / April 2018 | Volume 17, Number 2

Roger Glass speaks into a microphone at a podium labeled Research!America

In his acceptance remarks, Fogarty
Director Dr. Roger Glass
acknowledged NIH Director Dr.
Francis Collins and other NIH leaders
for their support of Fogarty's cross-
cutting global health research and
training programs.

Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass was presented the 2018 Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award for his research and advocacy efforts in global health during Research!America's annual honors dinner on March 14.

Tom Hutton and Mara Hutton of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation pose with Roger Glass, who holds his award 

Fogarty Director Dr. Roger Glass received the 2018 Geoffrey
Beene Builders of Science Award from Geoffrey Beene
Foundation executives Tom Hutton and Mara Hutton during
the recent Research!America advocacy awards dinner.

Barbara Stoll, Roger Glass and Mary Woolley pose for the camera
All photos courtesy of Research!America

Fogarty Director Dr. Roger Glass celebrated his award with
his wife, Dr. Barbara Stoll, dean of the University of Texas
Health Science Center at Houston Medical School (at left)
and Research!America President Mary Woolley (at right).

Glass was cited for his leadership of NIH efforts to transform African medical education, establish research training programs in West African countries that saw widespread Ebola infection, expand Fogarty's Scholars and Fellows program for early-career scientists, and help found the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. He was also recognized for his research on rotavirus, norovirus and cholera, and the recent WHO approval of a new low-cost rotavirus vaccine he helped develop over the last three decades.

The award was presented by Mara Hutton, vice president of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation, which was established to honor the late fashion designer, and support research in cancer and Alzheimer's Disease. Hutton noted that Fogarty is the most leveraged organization at NIH with nearly 90 percent of its grants receiving co-funding from other I/Cs and thanked Glass for his commitment to improving the health of the world's most vulnerable people. "He has a conscience for doing the right thing, he has empathy, tenacity, and his leadership reflects the best in the American scientific research community," she said.

In accepting the award, Glass acknowledged NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and the other NIH leaders in the audience for their support of Fogarty's cross-cutting global health research and training programs. "They have all been involved in investments in global health science and this is the most creative, dedicated group of scientists the nation has ever seen," Glass said. "Together they are directing the largest biomedical enterprise in the world that makes discoveries that change our lives and improve the health of people everywhere."

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