DAN H. BAROUCH, MD, PhD, one of the world’s leading investigators in HIV immunopathogenesis and vaccine development, is the recipient of IDSA’s 2012 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. At the age of 37, Dr. Barouch was appointed as one of the youngest professors of medicine at Harvard Medical School in recognition of his achievements. Among these are highly significant contributions to the understanding of immune responses to HIV through creative and elegant studies involving both preclinical models and clinical trials—studies that have had a profound impact on current strategies for the development of HIV vaccines. His work has been the driving force for the emergence of novel viral vectors as a highly promising approach to the development of an HIV vaccine, which is now being evaluated in clinical trials in both the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Barouch is currently the director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also a founding member of the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard, a new model of scientific collaboration that seeks to break down traditional scientific silos and engage investigators across multiple disciplines. He also serves on many committees and professional societies, and he leads a wide portfolio of basic and clinical research projects. Dr. Barouch has co-authored 135 peer-reviewed articles. He serves on the editorial boards of four scientific journals and is associate editor of three others, and he currently serves as chair of the National Institutes of Health study section on HIV vaccines. The esteem in which Dr. Barouch is held by his colleagues is reflected by his invited lectures at nearly every major scientific conference in his field, and he has frequently served on the organizing committees for these conferences. Recently, he served as chair of the International AIDS Vaccine 2012 Conference. In addition to his research, Dr. Barouch is a clinician who attends on the infectious diseases consultation services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He also serves as a faculty member on the Harvard Medical School committees on virology and immunology, and he mentors students, fellows, and junior faculty. Dr. Barouch received a PhD in immunology from Oxford University in 1995 and earned an MD, summa cum laude, from Harvard Medical School in 1999. He was a postdoctoral fellow in virology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an intern and resident in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a clinical fellow in infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In recognition of his seminal contributions to the field of HIV immunopathogenesis and vaccine development, IDSA is proud to honor Dr. Barouch with the 2012 Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement.
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