SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

NFID announces three award recipients

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) announced the recipients on Thursday of three prestigious awards.

F. Marc LaForce received the 2015 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award for his work on the development and implementation of the group A meningococcal vaccine in Africa.

"This is a monumental and momentous achievement-one that will continue to benefit humanity in Africa for years going forward: preventing deaths, disease, family anguish, and saving the costs of care," William Schaffner, a professor of preventative medicine with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said.

Samuel Katz received the 2015 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement for his pioneering work on the Edmonston measles vaccine.

"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 U.S. and around the world," Nancy Andrews, the dean of the Duke University School of Medicine, said.

Richard Duma won the 2015 John P. Utz Leadership Award in recognition of his leadership in the fight against infectious diseases. Duma was also the founding president of the NFID in 1973.

The awards will be presented to the recipients at the 2015 NFID Annual Awards Dinner in the Washington, D.C., area in spring 2015.