APUA is pleased to co-award Maryn McKenna the 2014 Leadership Award for her tireless work in bringing the danger of growing antibiotic resistance to the attention of the public.
Ms. McKenna is a journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy. She is a Senior Fellow of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and a research affiliate at MIT. She blogs for Wired and National Geographic and writes for magazines and websites, most recently Scientific American, Slate, Modern Farmer, Nature, The Atlantic and The Guardian. She is the author of SUPERBUG: The Fatal Menace of MRSA.
APUA is equally pleased to co-award John LaMattina the 2014 Leadership Award for his insights and writings on the process and costs of antibiotic drug development.
For the past several years John LaMattina has written a column in Forbes on pharmaceutical and life science issues. He vigorously advocates for a more robust FDA stance on antibiotic stewardship with respect to use in agriculture and food production; and congressional incentives for antibiotic drug development because of the impending danger of resistance. In his 2013 book Devalued and Distrusted, John LaMattina, former president of Pfizer's Global Research and Development, says, "commercial return on a new antibiotic would pale in comparison to a new treatment in areas like cancer or Alzheimer's disease."
Past Recipients of the APUA Leadership Award:
2013: Keith Klugman, MD, PHD, Director for Pneumonia at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation For global expertise on antibiotic resistance in pneumonia. He helped develop the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, credited with reducing invasive pneumococcal disease in the U.S. by 80% since 2000. Dr. Moises Morejon-Garcia
of APUA-Cuba For their outstanding efforts against antibiotic resistance in research, expert advice and media information, prescriber training and information, and collaboration with other organizations and conferences throughout Cuba.
2012: Roman Kozlov, M.D., M.Sc., D.Sc.of APUA Russia, the Insititute of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (IAC) of Smolensk State Medical Academy, the Scientific Center for Monitoring of Antimicrobial Resistance of the Federal Agency for Healthcare & Social Development, and the Interregional Association for Clinical Microbiology & Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (IACMAC). For sustained leadership and collaborative efforts with IACMAC and IAC to contain antibiotic resistance in Russia and the adjacent region.
2011: Giuseppe Cornaglia, M.D., Ph.D. of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases For his invaluable efforts in establishing expert study groups and educational initiatives in developing countries to control antibiotic resistance and improve treatment. Kumud K. Kafle, M.D., Ph.D.
of APUA-Nepal For their extraordinary multi-hospital coordination work to increase practitioner awareness of antibiotic resistance trends and treatment guidelines in the Kathmandu region.
2010: Otto Cars, M.D., Ph.D.
of the Swedish Institute of Infectious Disease Control For leadership of ReAct and Strama in advocating for political action to contain antibiotic resistance. Miguel Peredo López-Velarde, M.D., Ph.D.
of APUA-Mexico For introducing strong national surveillance, education, and legislation to improve antibiotic use in Mexico.
2009: Martin Blaser, MD
Neil Fishman, MD
of the Infectious Diseases Society of America In recognition of their exemplary leadership in promoting government action to improve antibiotic use and contain antibiotic resistance.
2008: Dr. Inge C. Gyssens
Professor Jos W.M. Van Der Meer
Professor Henri S. Verbrugh
Professor John E. Degener
of SWAB Professor Christina M. Vandenbroucke – Grauls
Professor Peter J.M. Van Den Broek
of WIP In recognition of their outstanding leadership and aggressive work in infection control to slow the spread and emergence of antibiotic resistance.
2007: Dr. Wasif Ali Kahn
of The International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh Sabeena Ahmed, M.Sc.
of Clinical Research and Service Centre, Bangladesh In recognition of their outstanding leadership in the Scaling Up of Zinc for Young children with diarrhea (SUZY) project.
2006: Dr. Anna Lönnroth
of the European Research Commission Program In recognition of her outstanding leadership in mobilizing the European Commission’s research activities on antimicrobial resistance. Dr. Herman Goossens
of The Laboratory of Medical Microbiology, University Hospital Antwerp In recognition of his exemplary multifaceted research supported by the European Commission to promote the prudent use of antibiotics in humans.
2005: Dr. Richard Besser
of U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention In recognition of his national leadership in promoting a successful antimicrobial resistance management program throughout the United States.
2004: Dr. Gabriel Schmunis
of The Pan American Health Organization For leadership in promoting antimicrobial resistance management programs throughout Latin America
2003: Dr. Frank M. Aarestrup and Dr. Henrik C. Wegener
of the Danish Veterinary Institute For scientific leadership in improving antibiotic use in agriculture Robert L. Langer
of McDonald’s Corporation For that company’s plan to phase-out growth promoting antibiotics in its meat supply
2002: Dr. David Bell
of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Marissa Miller
of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Murray Lumpkin
of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration For development of the “U.S. Interagency Antimicrobial Resistance Plan”
2001: Dr. Rosamund Williams
of the World Health Organization For spearheading the “WHO Global Strategy to Contain Antimicrobial Resistance”
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