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The Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement recognizes outstanding achievement in an area of infectious diseases by an individual member or fellow of IDSA who is 45 or younger (on December 31 of the year preceding the IDWeek at which the award is given). The award is based on overall achievement, not usually a single study.


Nominees for the Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement must be 45 or younger. Please take a moment to review the nomination application and ensure that an NIH biosketch is available to upload as a part of the nominations package.

2020 Winner: Sallie R. Permar, MD, PhD

SPermar.jpgSallie R. Permar, M.D., Ph.D., a skilled pediatric infectious diseases physician and translational researcher, is the recipient of IDSA’s 2020 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.

A professor of pediatrics, immunology, molecular genetics and microbiology, and pathology at Duke University Medical School, Dr. Permar specializes in the prevention and treatment of congenital viral infections, including HIV and cytomegalovirus. A global leader in pediatric HIV vaccine development, as well as in immune strategies to achieve a cure for HIV in children, she has identified innate and adaptive immune responses that are critical to protection against vertical HIV transmission. She was the first to identify HIV-neutralizing antibodies in breast milk. Her work to develop novel nonhuman primate models to study postnatal transmission of HIV and test promising maternal/infant HIV vaccine strategies has also led to new infant HIV vaccine trials.

Through her studies of CMV, Dr. Permar has established maternal immune correlates of protection against congenital CMV transmission, defined the long-term outcomes of postnatal infection in preterm infants, and established the risk of clinical lung disease in preterm infants who postnatally acquire CMV. In addition, her demonstration of congenital transmission of CMV and fetal disease in nonhuman primates has opened a new pathway for testing vaccine candidates.

The recipient of several awards for young investigators and the author of more than 100 publications, Dr. Permar is the founding director of the Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative and associate dean of physician-scientist development at Duke. As the principal investigator for several National Institutes of Health grants, and the recipient of funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others, she is among the most well-funded pediatric investigators in the U.S. In recognition of her work and commitment to the goal of providing every child with a healthy start to life, IDSA is pleased to honor Dr. Permar with the 2020 Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement.

Past Oswald Avery Award Winners

2020 Sallie R. Permar, MD, PhD
2019 Nasia Safdar, MD, MS, PhD, FIDSA, FSHEA
2018 Susanna Naggie, MD, MHS, FIDSA
2017 William J. Steinbach, MD
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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