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Fauci Wins Albany Medical Center Prize

NIAID director Dr. Anthony S. Fauci was named Mar. 27 as the winner of the $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, the richest award in medicine in the United States, second only to the Nobel Prize worldwide.

He was cited for his research on AIDS and other diseases of the immune system, for his overall contributions to the advancement of science and for his distinguished public service.

"Today we honor Dr. Fauci as one of the nation's leading physician-scientists, for his seminal contributions in helping researchers understand how the AIDS virus destroys the body's defenses, for his groundbreaking work in developing effective therapies for several once fatal rheumatic diseases, for his current efforts in spearheading the drive for vaccines to prevent the HIV virus, smallpox, anthrax and the Ebola virus, and for his overall scientific leadership and public service," said James J. Barba, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Albany Medical Center.

The prize was established in November 2000 following a $50 million gift commitment to Albany Medical Center from Morris Silverman, a New York City businessman and philanthropist who was born in Troy, N.Y., and educated in nearby Albany. The annual prize, announced each spring, has been created to encourage and recognize extraordinary and sustained contributions to improving health care and promoting biomedical research with translational benefits applied to improved patient care.

The prize also recognizes Fauci's role as a spokesperson after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and following last fall's anthrax attacks via mail. "In the weeks and months after Sept. 11, Dr. Fauci was a ubiquitous and reassuring presence — offering a sobering, yet candid assessment of the likelihood of a mass bioterror attack," said a release. "He has been credited with helping to allay widespread fear through his appearances at White House press briefings, on news talk shows, and in testimony before Congress."

Fauci is married to Clinical Center bioethicist Dr. Christine Grady. The couple has three daughters, ages 15, 12 and 9. Fauci will be honored during a reception and dinner at the Franklin Plaza in Troy, N.Y., on Apr. 17.

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