Leader in AIDS Research Honored With Silver Lecture Award

02/3/2009

Children’s Hospital presented Anthony Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), with the 19th Annual Herman and Gertrude Silver Lecture Award on Jan. 7. This award honors individuals who have contributed significantly to the field of pediatric HIV and AIDS.

In conjunction with the Silver Award and the Department of Pediatrics’ Grand Rounds, Dr. Fauci delivered a lecture at Children’s Hospital on “HIV/AIDS in 2009: Much Accomplished, Much to Do.”

As director of the NIAID, Dr. Fauci oversees a portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat a wide range of diseases that include HIV and AIDS, influenza, tuberculosis, malaria, and illnesses from potential agents of bioterrorism.

Dr. Fauci is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than 1,100 major scientific publications and has received 34 honorary doctorate degrees from institutions throughout the world. He is a key advisor to the White House; a member of numerous prestigious biomedical societies, including the National Academy of Sciences; the recipient of the Kober Medal, the Albany Prize, the National Medal of Science, the Mary Woodard Lasker Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In his lecture, Dr. Fauci highlighted advances in HIV and AIDS treatment and the current challenges the United States faces in regards to prevention methods and maintaining the health and stability of individuals living with HIV and AIDS. His important discoveries on the pathogenesis and treatment of immune-mediated and infectious diseases play an instrumental role in the development of highly effective therapies for patients with the AIDS virus and a vaccine to prevent HIV infection.