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Baylor College of Medicine scientist awarded with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation David E. Rogers Award

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HOUSTON, TX — Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine, a professor of pediatrics and molecular virology as well as the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, has been awarded by the Association of American Medical Colleges as a 2021 recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation David E. Rogers Award.

Named after David E. Rogers, M.D., this award is dedicated to honoring individuals who have created significant contributions to public health. Rogers himself was influential in the provision of healthcare needs for the public.

Dr. Peter Hotez said that he is deeply grateful to the AAMC, further noting the many decades the organization has worked with Baylor. He said it is a personal honor to him to be recognized with this award. Hotez himself is also the Texas Children’s Hospital Chair in Tropical Pediatrics and co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.

Hotez is a well-known physician-scientist recognized widely for his research in neglected tropical diseases and vaccine development. His work has helped in the shaping of policies in global health, ultimately leading to the annual treatment of many populations with parasitic and related neglected tropical diseases.

Hotez has pioneered the molecular science behind the vaccines for neglected tropical diseases, all while also co-leading a team to develop vaccines for diseases such as the Chagas disease, SARS, schistosomiasis, and human hookworm. Moreover, Hotez is the author of over 600 scientific papers as well as four books. His most recent work is titled “Preventing the Next Pandemic: Vaccine Diplomacy in a Time of Anti-Science” (Johns Hopkins University Press).

He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served as a U.S. Science Envoy for the State Department and White House under former U.S. President Obama’s administration.

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