Friday, January 16, 2009

Marcus Altfeld, MD, PhD, wins the the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scholar Award

Marcus Altfeld, MD, PhD, associate professor of Medicine and director of the Innate Inmunity Program at the Partners AIDS Research Center, is one of six recipients of the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scholar Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The five- to seven-year, $1.5 million awards recognize outstanding leadership in clinical research and enable physician-scientists to bridge the gap between biomedical research and clinical applications that improve human health. Altfeld plans to use the funds to further his workaimed at understanding the correlates of protective immunity in viral infections, and in particular, how the initial activation of the innate immune system by pathogens shapes the quality of the adaptive immunity. The longterm goal of this research is to harness innate immunity for the development of protective vaccines.


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