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Leigh M. Howard, MD, MPHLeigh M. Howard, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is this year’s recipient of the Pfizer Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development.

I was very honored to receive the 2018 Pfizer Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development. This support through the IDSA Foundation has already galvanized many ideas and enabled me to carry them forward in a direction that would not have otherwise been possible at this stage of my career.


William R. Miller, MDWilliam R. Miller, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and with the Center for Antimicrobial Resistance and Microbial Genomics (CARMiG) at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School, is this year’s recipient of the IDSA Education and Research Foundation Young Investigator Award in Infectious Diseases.

As a young investigator, support from the IDSA Foundation has been invaluable as a bridge to securing long term research funding. In addition to building my career, I can tackle projects related to challenges I face in clinical medicine such as emerging antimicrobial resistance.


Charles Kyriakos Vorkas, MDCharles Kyriakos Vorkas, MD, a Fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM), is this year’s recipient of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Education and Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Award.

I am using this award to continue training as a physician-scientist in translational immunology. Investigating innate-like T cell responses during Mycobacterium tuberculosis exposure provides insights into how primary infection is cleared and how latency is established. This continuation of work is made possible with this research award.

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