2021 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Ceremony

Join us on June 3 at 3:00 PM EDT as we honor Dr. Barney S. Graham for three decades of impact in vaccinology, including speeding COVID-19 vaccines, and Dr. Nginache Nampota-Nkomba, a young leader in infectious disease research in Malawi. Register now for the 2021 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Ceremony.

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About the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Ceremony

The Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal has been awarded annually since 1994 and is given to a distinguished member of the public health community who has made extraordinary contributions in the field of vaccinology or a complementary field. Each recipient is a role model and mentor for young researchers, someone whose career has saved lives through the development and use of vaccines. The Gold Medal is the highest scientific honor given by the Sabin Vaccine Institute and commemorates the legacy of the late Dr. Albert B. Sabin.

Gold Medal Recipient: Barney S. Graham, MD, PhD

Dr. Graham serves as deputy director of the NIAID Vaccine Research Center (VRC) and assists the director in establishing and focusing the scientific direction for the VRC as a premier intramural research organization. As chief of the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, Dr. Graham also leads the development efforts for COVID-19 vaccines and universal influenza vaccines. In addition, he supports VRC product development through strategic advice on vaccine design as well as pre-clinical and clinical evaluation.

Dr. Graham is an immunologist, virologist and clinical trials physician whose primary interests are viral pathogenesis, immunity and vaccine development. His laboratory is focused on respiratory viral pathogens, pandemic preparedness and emerging viral diseases. He applies structural biology, protein engineering, and other new technologies to create vaccines for unmet needs and emerging threats advancing the principles of precision vaccinology. He has been involved in the clinical evaluation of candidate vaccines for more than 30 years and has an ongoing interest in science education and expanding research opportunities for people underrepresented in science.

Rising Star Award Recipient: Nginache Nampota-Nkomba, MBBS, MSc

Dr. Nampota-Nkomba is a research physician, clinical research site leader and vaccine advocate. She leads a research team at Blantyre Malaria Project (BMP), a center of excellence in infectious disease research in Malawi established as a multiversity partnership between the Universities of Malawi, Maryland (US) and Michigan State (US).

Her passion for the prevention of infectious diseases developed when she witnessed the toll they take on patients and families while working at the largest government referral hospital in Malawi. She joined BMP with the aim of improving the health of her fellow Malawians and people in need of lifesaving vaccines worldwide. Currently, she works to implement high quality, locally conceived and relevant evidence-generating research. Dr. Nampota-Nkomba is the on-site investigator for a clinical trial studying the immunogenicity and safety of a novel typhoid conjugate vaccine in African children. She also investigates HIV/AIDS and malaria in vulnerable populations, including studies of malaria prophylaxis in people living with HIV, the impact of HIV on infant immunity and antimalarial and antiretroviral drug interactions.


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