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People in the news May 2013

May / June 2013 | Volume 12, Issue 3

Hideyo Noguchi Africa prizes awarded

The Japanese government has awarded Fogarty Fellow mentor Dr. Alex Coutinho, of Makerere University in Uganda, its Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Services. The award recognizes Coutinho's efforts to combat infectious diseases in Africa and his contributions to medical research.

The Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Research will go to Dr. Peter Piot for his pivotal research on diseases endemic to much of the African continent, including HIV, Ebola, chlamydia, tuberculosis and gonorrhea. Piot is Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The awards will be presented on June 1, 2013 in Yokohama.

Headshot of Dr. Alex Coutinho

Dr. Alex Coutinho

Headshot of Dr. Peter Piot

Dr. Peter Piot

Headshot of Dr. King K. Holmes

Dr. King K. Holmes

Headshot of Dr. Harvey J. Alter

Dr. Harvey J. Alter

Gairdner honors for researchers Holmes, Alter

Fogarty Board member Dr. King K. Holmes was honored with the 2013 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award for his work in sexually transmitted diseases. Holmes heads the University of Washington's department of global health.

Dr. Harvey J. Alter and two colleagues jointly received the 2013 Canada Gairdner International Award for critical contributions to the discovery and isolation of the hepatitis C virus. Alter is an infectious diseases researcher and clinician at NIH's Clinical Center.

Former Fogarty director Keusch receives award

Dr. Gerald T. Keusch, Fogarty director from 1998-2003, has received the 2013 Distinguished Leadership Award from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). Keusch, now at Boston University School of Public Health, was recognized for his exceptional contributions to global health.

Dr. Luiz Loures

Dr. Gerald T. Keusch

Dr. Jon R. Lorsch

Dr. Jon R. Lorsch

Lorsch is chosen as NIGMS director

NIH has selected Dr. Jon R. Lorsch to direct its National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Lorsch, a professor in Johns Hopkins University's department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry, earned his doctoral degree from Harvard University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

Fogarty collaborator El-Sadr is honored

Fogarty collaborator Dr. Wafaa M. El-Sadr has been named one of "50 Women Who Shaped America's Health" by the publication, Huffington Post. A professor at Columbia University, El-Sadr was recognized for developing family-centered care in HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Wafaa M. El-Sadr

Dr. Wafaa M. El-Sadr

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