November 11, 2022
Award highlights innovative research on infectious diseases of children in either inpatient or outpatient setting
Anne Rowley, MD, FPIDS, is the Caroline B. Hall Lectureship Award recipient for 2022. This annual PIDS award highlights innovative clinical and translational research on infectious diseases of children that is performed in either inpatient or outpatient setting, and focuses on the epidemiology, diagnosis, management, prevention, and treatment of such infections. The lectureship honors a founding member of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, Dr. Caroline B. Hall, who was a world-renowned pediatrician, researcher, and teacher.
Her lecture, ‘Cloning the Plasmablast Response to Solve the Mystery of Kawasaki Disease Pathogenesis’, was presented Thursday, October 20 during this year’s in-person and virtual hybrid IDWeek (October 19-23), the premier scientific meeting for infectious diseases professionals, in Washington, D.C.
“Dr. Rowley has committed her career to pursuing the biologic mechanisms that lead to Kawasaki Disease, a disease we see far too commonly and with potentially devastating complications,” said PIDS President, Dr. Buddy Creech. “Through her work meticulously examining the host response in Kawasaki Disease (KD), it is our hope that we will not only understand the causative agent(s) of KD, but we may also be able treat the condition with even more precision.”
Dr. Rowley is Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology/Immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and an Attending Physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She has devoted most of her research career to the study of the immunology, pathology, and pathogenesis of Kawasaki disease. She has served in leadership positions in the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the American Heart Association Committee on Rheumatic Fever, Endocarditis, and Kawasaki Disease, the American Academy of Pediatrics NCE Planning Committee, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics. Her work on Kawasaki disease pathogenesis has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 25 years.
Dr. Rowley earned her BA in Chemistry from Colgate University and her MD at SUNY Upstate. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital.
PIDS membership encompasses leaders across the global scientific and public health spectrum, including clinical care, advocacy, academics, government, and the pharmaceutical industry. From fellowship training to continuing medical education, research, regulatory issues and guideline development, PIDS members are the core professionals advocating for the improved health of children with infectious diseases both nationally and around the world, participating in critical public health and medical professional advisory committees that determine the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, immunization practices in children, and the education of pediatricians. For more information, visit http://www.pids.org.