People in the news - December 2016

November / December 2016 | Volume 15, Number 6

Dr. Ellis McKenzie

Fogarty disease modeler McKenzie is mourned

Dr. Ellis McKenzie, Fogarty senior scientist who was internationally recognized for his work in infectious disease modeling, has died. McKenzie joined Fogarty in 2001 and co-founded the Center’s modeling program, Research and Policy for Infectious Disease Dynamics (RAPIDD). The program has been credited with enhancing the understanding of global pathogen transmission.

Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum

Richards-Kortum is 2016 MacArthur Fellow

Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum, a Fogarty grantee and advisory board member, has received a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. A bioengineering professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas, Richards-Kortum directs the Rice 360º Institute for Global Health and conducts research to develop point-of-care technologies to improve health in low-resource settings.

Dr. Roger Detels

China honors grantee Detels for HIV/AIDS efforts

For his commitment to controlling HIV/AIDS in China, longtime Fogarty grantee Dr. Roger Detels received a 2016 Chinese Government Friendship Award, the highest honor for foreigners. Detels has led the UCLA/Fogarty AIDS International Research and Training Program for nearly 30 years, mentoring numerous Chinese scientists.

Masood Ahmed

Center for Global Development selects new leader

The Center for Global Development, a nonprofit think tank that works to reduce global poverty and inequality, has named Masood Ahmed as its new president, effective in early 2017. Ahmed, who serves on the organization’s advisory board, is Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department at the International Monetary Fund.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci

Fauci recognized as champion for research

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will receive the 2017 Legacy Award from Research!America. The public education and advocacy alliance calls Fauci an “outspoken champion for research” who transformed HIV/AIDS science and many other disease areas, saving countless lives.

Dr. Fred Binka

Grantee Binka assumes new role at WHO

Dr. Fred Binka has joined the WHO as coordinator of the Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance hub in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Binka was previously with the University of Health and Allied Sciences, where he was a collaborator on a Fogarty training grant.

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