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  • Oswald Avery Award Winners

    Current Winner

    Susan Huang WILLIAM J. STEINBACH, whose study of invasive fungal infections has significantly expanded our understanding of these conditions, is the recipient of IDSA’s 2017 Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement. This honor recognizes members or fellows of IDSA age 45 or younger who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in an area of infectious diseases.

    Dr. Steinbach has quickly become an international leader as an investigator studying the molecular basis and clinical manifestations of invasive fungal infections. Currently professor of pediatrics, professor in molecular genetics and microbiology, and chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., his interest in these infections began during his pediatric residency. The immense morbidity and mortality associated with these conditions, and the limited therapies available, set his research efforts into motion, starting with 26 papers—original laboratory research articles, methodology papers, multi-center clinical investigations, and others—published during his residency and pediatric ID fellowship.

    The principal investigator for three current National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 grants as well as several other grants, Dr. Steinbach’s translational work over the past 10 years has focused on defining the molecular controls of Aspergillus hyphal growth and characterizing a variety of Aspergillus cell signaling pathways, including calcineurin, Ras, and heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90). Recognizing a specific gap in the pediatric ID field, in 2006 he founded and still directs the International Pediatric Fungal Network. This 55-site, global research consortium is currently supported by more than $7 million in NIH funding to lead novel treatment and diagnostic clinical studies in pediatric invasive fungal disease. In 2004, he also co-founded, and continues to co-chair, the biennial Advances Against Aspergillosis international conference, dedicated to Aspergillus clinical care and research.

    The author of more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Steinbach is a co-editor of the largest textbook in the field, Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillosis, and has co-edited several other pediatric ID textbooks, including two editions of Feigin & Cherry’s Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and yearly editions of Nelson’s Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy textbook. He has been the lead guest editor for multiple journal supplements focused on invasive aspergillosis. A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Microbiology, he served as the sole pediatric representative on the expert panel for the 2008 and 2016 updates of IDSA’s aspergillosis practice guidelines.

    Dr. Steinbach received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, followed by a pediatric residency at Stanford University and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Duke. He joined the Duke faculty in 2004, where he became a full professor in 2015, and also serves as director of the pediatric ID fellowship program and co-directs the nation’s only T32 focused on molecular mycology, the Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program. He is a member of the PIDS Board of Directors, has served on several PIDS committees, and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, in addition to serving on the editorial boards of several other clinical and basic science journals. The recipient of numerous young investigator awards and other honors, he was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2015. For his immense clinical and scientific contributions, which have significantly impacted the field of pediatric mycology, IDSA is proud to honor Dr. Steinbach with the 2017 Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement.

     Past Oswald Avery Award Winners

    2016 Susan S. Huang, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FSHEA
    2015 Eric R. Houpt, MD, FIDSA
    2014 Sarah E. Cosgrove, MD, MS, FIDSA, FSHEA and Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, FIDSA
    2013 Cesar A. Arias, MD, MSc, PhD, FIDSA
    2012 Dan A. Barouch, MD, PhD
    2011 Umesh Parashar, MBBS, MPH
    2010 Eleftherios Mylonakis, MD, PhD, FIDSA 
    2009 Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PHD
    2008 Vance G. Fowler, Jr., MD, MHS 
    2007 Pablo C. Okhuysen, MD, FIDSA
    2006 Cynthia G. Whitney, MD, MPH
    2005 James E. Crowe, MD
    2004 B. Brett Finlay, PhD
    2003 Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD
    2002 Matthew K. Waldor, MD, PhD
    2001 David A. Relman, MD
    2000 Michael S. Donnenberg, MD
    1999 William A. Petri, Jr., MD, PhD
    1998 Joseph W. St. Geme, III, MD
    1997 Samuel I. Miller, MD
    1996 David D. Ho, MD
    1995 Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH
    1994 Mark Klempner, MD
    1993 Claire Broome, MD
    1992 Martin Blaser, MD
    1991 Marcus Horwitz, M.D.
    1990 Jerrold Ellner, MD
    1989 Henry Murray, MD
    1988 Walter Stamm, MD
    1987 John Gallin, MD
    1986 Charles Dinarello, MD
    1985 Dennis Kasper, MD
    1984 Adel Mahmoud, MD, PhD
    1983 Anthony Fauci, MD
    1982 George Miller, PhD
    1981 Gerald Keusch, MD
    1980 Robert Purcell, MD
    1979 Stanley Falkow, PhD
    1978 King Holmes, MD, PhD
    1977 Lowell Glasgow, MD, MS
    1976 Sheldon Wolff, MD
    1975 Kenneth Warren, MD
    1974 Malcolm Artenstein, MD and Emil Gotschilch, MD
    1973 Frank Austen, MD
    1972 Zanvil Cohn, MD
    1971 Jonathan Uhr, MD
    1970 Hans Mueller-Eberhard, MD, DMSc
    1969 Robert Chancock, MD
    1968 Robert Good, MD, PhD



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