Virology Division News
Virology Division News
Arch Virol 147/2 (2002)
The American Herpes Foundation Research Awards –
Presented at the Infectious Diseases Society of America Annual Meeting
San Francisco, California – On October 26, 2001, the American Herpes Foundation
(AHF) Research Awards were presented to Linda F. van Dyk, PhD, of the University of
Colorado Health Sciences Center for her research on gammaherpesvirus pathogenesis and
to Deepak Shukia, PhD, of the University of Missouri-Columbia for his research on herpes
simplex virus pathogenesis. This ceremony took place at the Moscone Convention Center
as part of the program at the infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) annual
meeting, during the official session symposium, “The Resurgent Sexually Transmitted
Diseases in the AIDS Era.”
The AHF’s Research Awards program is intended to recognize and encourage new
investigators who have made important contributions to a better understanding of herpes-
virus infections. These awards are granted to researchers for work already completed. Each
award provides a $ 10,000 cash prize, half to the winning candidate and half to the
sponsoring department. Candidates are nominated for these awards by their Department
Chairs. ”We hope that this reward for work well done will encourage more interest in the
field of herpesvirus research”, said AHF’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Richard
Whitley of University of Alabama School of Medicine.
The Gertrude B. Elion Award, named after the Nobel prize winner, is presented each
year to honor a female resident or fellow. This year, the special award was presented to
Dr. van Dyk.
The AHF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the management of
herpesvirus infections. Its mission is to enhance the awareness, understanding and control
of herpesvirus infections in the United States by disseminating information and ensuring the
exchange of ideas. The AHF is directed by an independent Board of Trustees and is
composed of nationally recognized experts on herpesvirus infections. Activities of the AHF
are supported through unrestricted educational grants from GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis
The AHF gratefully acknowledges IDSA for providing an outstanding venue in which
Drs. van Dyk and Shukia could be recognized by their peers for their outstanding research.
The AHF also thanks Dr. Ann Arvin, member of the Board of Trustees, for hosting the
awards ceremony. Dr. Arvin is the Lucile Packard Chair in Pediatrics and Professor of
Pediatrics and Microbiology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
For details about the winners’ research or further information, contact The American
Herpes Foundation • 433 Hackensack Avenue, 9th Floor, Hackensack, NJ 07601 • Phone:
(201) 342-4441 • Fax: (201)342-7555 • Visit our web site at www.herpes-foundation.org.
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