William H. Foege to Receive Research!America Advocacy Award

Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership
Thursday, March 13, 2008

WASHINGTON—March 13, 2008—Renown epidemiologist and public health research advocate William H. Foege, MD, MPH, has been named Research!America's 2008 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership. He will be honored at Research!America's 12th Annual Advocacy Awards Gala on March 18, 2008, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.

A former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director, Foege's work has included the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. He also has championed other public health research issues including childhood immunizations and eradicating Ginuea worm, polio, measles and River Blindness. Currently, he is a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation senior fellow and an emeritus presidential distinguished professor at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.

In the early 1980s, Foege and several colleagues formed the Task Force for Child Survival, a working group for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program and the Rockefeller Foundation. He later joined the Carter Center as its executive director, fellow for health policy, and executive director of Global 2000.

Throughout his career, he has received many awards and honorary degrees from various institutions, and was named a Fellow of the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He is the author of more than 125 professional publications.

Recipients of Research!America's Advocacy Awards are leading advocates for medical, health and scientific research. Those previously recognized with Research!America's Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership are former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD; Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN; and Judah Folkman, MD.

The other recipients of Research!America's 2008 Advocacy Awards are The Honorable Edward M. Kennedy; Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; Richard A. Lerner, president, The Scripps Research Institute, and Pat Furlong, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy founding president and chief executive officer.

Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. Its advocacy awards program was established in 1996 to honor outstanding advocates for research. For more information, visit www.researchamerica.org/outreach/awards.html.

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