Fauci Receives Two Honors
NIAID director Dr. Anthony S. Fauci recently received two honors. At the 37th annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, he was presented with the 1999 Bristol Award, "in recognition of a career reflecting major contributions to knowledge about infectious diseases." At Shippensburg University, Fauci received an honorary doctorate and, pictured above, spoke to new Shippensburg graduates on "Privilege and Responsibility in the New Millennium."
Kastner Honored by Arthritis Foundation
NIAMS genetic section chief Dr. Daniel Kastner was the recipient of the metropolitan Washington chapter of the Arthritis Foundation's first Breakthroughs in Arthritis Research Award. The award was presented to Kastner for successfully identifying the genes that are responsible for types of arthritis associated with two inflammatory disorders known as TRAPS (tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated periodic syndrome) and FMF (familial Mediterranean fever). Both genetic disorders carry the risk of developing amyloidosis, a potentially fatal disease that deposits a blood protein in vital organs. Kastner was honored recently at a presentation at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
AMP To Honor Kirschstein
NIH acting director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein is one of six individuals who will receive Albert B. Sabin Heroes of Science awards for the year 2000 from Americans for Medical Progress at a ceremony in downtown Washington on Apr. 6. The awardees are being honored for their tremendous contributions in support of biomedical research. The other honorees include a member of NIH's Council of Public Representatives, Dr. David Frohnmayer, president of the University of Oregon, and Rep. John Porter (R-Ill.), a champion of NIH in Congress. Frohnmayer and his wife Lynn are founders of Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Inc.
NIEHS's Matthews Named Fellow
Dr. Skip Matthews, head of the chemistry section of the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Chemistry in the Environmental Toxicology Program at NIEHS, has been named Society of Toxicology Congressional Fellow for the year 2000. The fellowship provides experienced researchers the opportunity to focus on scientific issues that are currently being debated in Congress and to contribute scientific and technical expertise to the process of developing public policy. Matthews began his term in January and will be in Washington for 1 year. He is working primarily with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in the Office of Pest Management Policy. He is also interacting with a number of Congressional offices and committees, other federal agencies and representatives from the private sector.
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