The 2012 Edward Kass Lecture was given by Elaine L. Larson, PhD, RN, FIDSA. Her topic was "Infection Prevention and Social Change."
Dr. Larson is associate dean for research and professor of pharmaceutical and therapeutic research at Columbia University School of Nursing, and professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is a former dean at Georgetown University School of Nursing. Dr. Larson has been a member of the Board of Directors at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Report Review Committee at the National Academy of Sciences. She received the first Pathfinder Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research in 2003 and an International Nurse Researcher Award from Sigma Theta Tau in 2011. She is a fellow in the Institute of Medicine and the director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Infections at Columbia University, and has been editor of the American Journal of Infection Control since 1995. She has published more than 250 journal articles, four books, and a number of book chapters in the areas of infection prevention, epidemiology, and clinical research.
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