Sexually Transmitted Diseases:
The American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (ASTDA) held its annual awards ceremony at the 2012 National STD Prevention Conference on March 14, 2012, at Minneapolis, Minnesota. We were pleased to honor 3 individuals for their contributions to our understanding and control of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
The Thomas Parran Award, recognizing a member for long and distinguished contributions in the field of STD research and prevention, was presented to David H. Martin, MD. He is the Harry E. Dascomb, MD, Professor of Medicine; Chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases; and Professor of Microbiology at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr Martin is a graduate of the Harvard School of Medicine. He served an internship at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Bronx, New York, in 1969 to 1970. From 1970 to 1973, he served as a staff associate at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Middle American Research Unit in the Panama Canal Zone. During this time, he worked with Karl M. Johnston, MD, on Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus. After this time, Dr Martin did his medical residency at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals and was chief resident at the US Public Health Service Hospital in Seattle, Washington. He trained as an infectious diseases specialist at that same institution where his research mentor was King K. Holmes, MD. Leaving Seattle in 1979, he moved to the US Public Health Service Hospital in New Orleans, Los Angeles, where he was the deputy director of the Clinical Research Unit and initiated studies of Chlamydia trachomatis infections in pregnant women. In 1982, he began working at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he started the extensive STD training and research program that is now in place at that institution. He is a past president of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research, the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association, and the Louisiana/Mississippi Infectious Diseases Society. Dr Martin has served on numerous Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expert panels in the areas of treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of STDs. Research interests include molecular methods of diagnosing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the use of molecular methods for studying STI epidemiology, treatment of STIs, the epidemiology of C. trachomatis in nonclinic settings, and the role of Mycoplasma genitalium in STDs. This work led to NIAID funding in 2004 of the Gulf South STI and Topical Microbicides Clinical Research Center of which he was the principle investigator. A new interest is the use of molecular methods for better understanding the genitourinary tract microbiota, and he and Dr Mike Ferris are currently funded by NIAID for this work. His award lecture was given at the Awards Presentation, and it appears in this issue starting on page 911.
The ASTDA Achievement Award is given to an individual for a single recent major achievement in the field of STD research and prevention or to a midcareer professional to acknowledge an outstanding body of research in STDs. The 2012 Achievement Award was presented to Kimberly A. Workowski, MD. She received her medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa. After graduating, she completed an infectious disease internship and residency at the University of Chicago. In 1990, Dr Workowski went to the University of Washington in Seattle to do a 2-year research fellowship under Walt Stamm. There she studied the persistence of chlamydial nucleic acids seen in patients treated for chlamydia after positive nucleic acid amplified test (NAAT) results. The results helped to determine how nucleic acid amplified tests are used for test of cure and retesting in chlamydia-infected patients. Currently, Dr Workowski is a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University and the Chief of the Guidelines Unit in the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions. She has 70 published articles and 25 chapters. Dr Workowski chaired and helped publish the 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines. This 100-page document is a comprehensive evaluation of testing and management strategies of STDs.
The ASTDA Young Investigator Award is given to an outstanding investigator in the field of STD research who is no more than 5 years beyond fellowship training. This award was presented to Ina Park, MD, MS. She is the Chief of the Office of Medical and Scientific Affairs at the California Department of Public Health–STD Control Branch. Dr Park is currently the medical director of the California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center and is also an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UC San Francisco. She received her doctor of medicine degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and master of science degree in clinical research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. After internship and residency at Harbor–University of California, San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles, she completed a fellowship in sexually transmitted diseases at UC San Francisco and California Department of Public Health. Her research interests include test performance of novel treponemal immunoassays and evaluating the population-based impact of the human papillomavirus vaccine.