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FIC's Gardner Receives Public Service Medal
Dr. Pierce Gardner, senior advisor for clinical research at FIC, is a recipient of the Department of Defense Outstanding Public Service Medal, the second highest award given by the Secretary of Defense to private citizens for superior accomplishments and contributions that merit special recognition. At an award ceremony on May 21 at Fort Detrick, Md., Dr. William Winkenwerder, Jr., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, cited Gardner and other members of the Armed Forces epidemiological board (AFEB) for their selfless contributions to the improvement of defense operations and processes for the 2-year period 2001-2002.
In thanking AFEB members for their exemplary service, Winkenwerder noted his deep appreciation for the board's "individual personal and professional integrity, support and selfless dedication for the health and welfare of our service members." He noted that the board's recommendations also "help provide independent credibility to our military medical programs."
Gardner joined FIC in February 2001, after a career in academic infectious diseases, including 13 years as associate dean for academic affairs at the Medical School of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has been the lead in the development of FIC's new International Clinical, Operational and Health Services Training Award for AIDS and Tuberculosis, and for the Fogarty/Ellison Medical Foundation clinical research training program, which will enable medical or public health students from the U.S. to work in strong research programs in developing countries together with similar-level students from the host country. These programs are geared to ensuring that clinical research can be quickly translated into policy and practice, and that the next generation of U.S. and developing-country clinical researchers is being groomed for future leadership roles.
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