Pediatric research society honors Vermund
By Bill Snyder
February 16, 2012
Sten Vermund, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, is the recipient of the 2012 Douglas K. Richardson Award from the Society for Pediatric Research.
“It is an honor to be recognized in the same breath as Dr. Richardson and prior awardees,” said Vermund, the Amos Christie Chair in Global Health and professor of Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology.
“I think this is a compliment to our large teams in Africa that have actually accomplished wonders in program expansion,” he said. “It was a surprise to see implementation science in the global pediatrics arena so recognized.”
Vermund earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a master’s degree in tropical public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from Columbia University.
Before coming to Vanderbilt in 2005, he served as chief of the vaccine trials and epidemiology branch of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ AIDS Division, and as chairman of Epidemiology and director of the Sparkman Center for Global Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.