Sexually Transmitted Diseases:
From the ASTDA
At the National STD Prevention Conference in Chicago, March 10 to 13, 2008, the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (ASTDA) held its annual awards ceremony. We were pleased to honor 3 individuals for their contributions to our understanding and control of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The ASTDA Young Investigator Award was presented to Rachel Winer from the University of Washington, and the Achievement Award was presented to Charlotte Gaydos from Johns Hopkins University. Edward W. Hook III from the University of Alabama at Birmingham was the recipient of the 2008 Thomas Parran Award. His award lecture was given at the Awards Presentations Luncheon, and it appears in this issue starting on page 969.
The Thomas Parran Award recognizes a member for long and distinguished contributions in the field of STD research and prevention. Edward W. Hook III, MD, is a Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB); Director of UAB's Center for Social Medicine and STDs; and Medical Director of the STD Control Program for Jefferson County Department of Health. Dr. Hook attended Cornell University Medical College, completed a residency at the University of Washington, and received postgraduate training in Infectious Disease at the University of Washington. As an internist with subspecialty expertise in Infectious Diseases, much of Dr Hook's academic career has been focused on management and prevention of STDs. In this context, he has directed public health STD control programs in two cities (Birmingham, AL and Baltimore, MD), clinical studies with operational and epidemiologic end points, clinical trials of new diagnostic tests and therapies for a wide variety of STD pathogens, and an internationally recognized reference laboratory for STD pathogens (Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Chlamydia trachomatis, and Treponema pallidum); and he has served as a consultant, Chair, and committee member for several national and international organizations including the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Institute of Medicine, American Social Health Association, and World Health Organization. In addition to his STD-related academic activities, Dr. Hook regularly attends on the Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine service, on the Infectious Diseases consultation service, serves as a faculty committee member for graduate students at UAB, and as a regular lecturer in the UAB Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Hook has also played a critical role in UAB's training activities serving as Director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program and Principal Investigator and Chair of the Curriculum Committee for UAB's K-30 Clinical Research Training Grant. His work has been continuously funded by grants and contracts from NIH and CDC since 1986.
Charlotte Gaydos was the recipient of the ASTDA Achievement Award. Dr. Gaydos is a Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University. She is the Co-Director of the International Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research Laboratory. Dr. Gaydos has extensive laboratory expertise with 40 years experience in microbiology. She has authored 14 book chapters, 206 research articles, and over 386 abstracts and oral presentations. Dr. Gaydos has conducted clinical trials for new diagnostics for C. trachomatis and N. gonorrhoeae. She has worked for 20 years in the STD research field developing DNA amplification tests for C. trachomatis, Chlamydia pneumoniae, Chlamydia psittaci, Trichomonas vaginalis,N. gonorrhoeae, Mycoplasma genitalium, and the agents of genital ulcer disease. She directs an internet project for enhanced community chlamydia screening using self-administered urogenital swabs. Her laboratory has served as the Core Reference Laboratory for national and international studies of STDs and trachoma. Dr. Gaydos serves on the National Chlamydia Laboratory Committee. She is the Director of the North American Branch for the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections; serves on the Executive Boards of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association and International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research; and serves on the Editorial Board for Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Rachel Winer was the recipient of the Young Investigator Award. She received her MPH and PhD from the University of Washington (UW). Her research interests are in the epidemiology and prevention of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and HPV-related cancers. Currently, Dr. Winer is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at UW.