Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has been honored with the FASEB Public Service Award for his decades of outstanding leadership in basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat daunting infectious diseases.
NIAID director since 1984, Fauci is well known for his leadership in responding to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, advising six presidents, and serving as a principal architect of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world.
Most recently, as a member of the federal Coronavirus Task Force, Fauci has gone above and beyond to provide accurate and balanced information to the public about the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether at the White House podium or in media interviews, Fauci has been a steady hand, providing honest assessments and detailed evaluations in a rapidly changing environment to the administration, policymakers, and the public. At the same time, he is quickly ramping up NIAID research activities to respond to the pandemic.
“Dr. Fauci is a physician-scientist of the highest order,” said Hannah V. Carey, PhD, FASEB President. “From his early days at the NIH confronting the epidemic of HIV, to the current crisis facing off against a formidable new coronavirus, he has always insisted on data-informed decision-making, which exemplifies biomedical research in our nation,” Carey said. Fauci is a member of three FASEB societies – the American Association of Immunologists (AAI), the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR). He is a previous recipient of the AAI Public Service (2000) and Lifetime Achievement Awards (2005) and served as President of AFMR (1980-1981).
A frequent presence on Capitol Hill, Dr. Fauci has earned the trust, confidence, and appreciation of House and Senate leaders, members of Congress from both parties, and powerful committee chairs. He advised Congress on the U. S.’s efforts to contend with the SARS outbreak and swine flu pandemic, as well as the viral diseases MERS, Ebola, and Zika. He was also a critical part of the federal government’s effort to develop biodefense drugs and vaccines following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and has guided research on developing a universal flu vaccine.
Given his many contributions as NIAID Director and his longstanding and tireless service to the research community, the FASEB Board of Directors voted to honor Fauci with the 2020 FASEB Public Service Award, in recognition of his contributions to advancing the cause of biomedical and biological research and decades of selfless public service.
To learn more about the FASEB Public Service Award, visit the FASEB award page.
Founded in 1912, FASEB was originally created by three independent scientific organizations to provide a forum in which to hold educational meetings, develop publications, and disseminate biological research results. What started as a small group of dedicated scientists has grown to be the nation’s largest coalition of biomedical researchers, representing 28 scientific societies and over 130,000 researchers from around the world. FASEB is now recognized as the policy voice of biological and biomedical researchers. The Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention has been an active member of FASEB since 1998.