|Vol. LXX, No. 7|
|Research!America Honors Fogarty’s Glass NIAMS’s Katz Receives Dermatologist Academy’s Highest Tribute|
Research!America Honors Fogarty’s Glass
FIC director Dr. Roger Glass received the 2018 Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award for his research and advocacy efforts in global health during Research!America’s annual honors dinner on Mar. 14.
Glass was cited for his leadership of NIH efforts to transform African medical education, establish research training programs in West African countries that saw widespread Ebola infection, expand Fogarty’s Scholars and Fellows program for early-career scientists and help found the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. He was also recognized for his research on rotavirus, norovirus and cholera, and the recent WHO approval of a new low-cost rotavirus vaccine he helped develop over the last three decades.
The award was presented by Mara Hutton, vice president of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation, which was established to honor the late fashion designer and to support research in cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Hutton noted that Fogarty is the most leveraged organization at NIH, with nearly 90 percent of its grants receiving co-funding from other institutes or centers. She thanked Glass for his commitment to improving the health of the world’s most vulnerable people.
“He has a conscience for doing the right thing,” she said. “He has empathy, tenacity and his leadership reflects the best in the American scientific research community.”
Accepting the award, Glass acknowledged NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and other NIH leaders in the audience for their support of Fogarty’s cross-cutting global health research and training programs.
“They have all been involved in investments in global health science and this is the most creative, dedicated group of scientists the nation has ever seen,” Glass said. “Together they are directing the largest biomedical enterprise in the world that makes discoveries that change our lives and improve the health of people everywhere.”NIAMS’s Katz Receives Dermatologist Academy’s Highest Tribute
NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz was recently awarded the Gold Medal by the American Academy of Dermatologists (AAD). The medal is the academy’s highest tribute and is presented on a “very selective basis to acknowledge outstanding and exceptional service in the field of dermatology.”
Katz has been director of NIAMS since August 1995 and was also a senior investigator in NCI’s Dermatology Branch from 1974 to 2014. He has focused his research on immunology and the skin.
His work has demonstrated that skin is an important component of the immune system, both in its normal function and as a target in immunologically mediated disease.
Katz and his colleagues have studied Langerhans cells and epidermally derived cytokines, in addition to adding considerable new knowledge about inherited and acquired blistering skin diseases.
The award acknowledges Katz’s “lifetime commitment and contributions to dermatology, medicine and science at a national and international level.”