October 19, 2023
Award highlights innovative research in infectious diseases affecting children in either an inpatient or outpatient setting
Chandy John, MD, FPIDS, is the Caroline B. Hall Lectureship Award recipient for 2023. 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.
The lecture, ‘Preventing Death and Brain Injury in Children with Severe Malaria’, was presented Thursday, October 12 during IDWeek (October 11-15), the premier scientific meeting for infectious diseases professionals. This year’s meeting was hosted in Boston, MA and virtual.
“Dr. John has dedicated his career to pursuing global health initiatives that affect children, including malaria, which is responsible for nearly half a million deaths worldwide, predominately children under the age of five,” said PIDS President, Dr. Buddy Creech. “We are cheering for him and his international research group to continue their fruitful collaborations as they move towards clinical trials to prevent death and brain injury in children with severe malaria. Dr. Hall was an inspiration and mentor to Dr. John, not only in research, but also poetry, and we are pleased to honor both aspects of Dr. Hall’s legacy by recognizing Dr. John.”
Dr. John is Ryan White Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Chief of the Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health at Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children. He has committed more than two decades to researching malaria with partners around the globe. This work has led to discovery of a number of clinical and biological risk factors for death and brain injury stemming from severe malaria, including those that led to changes in Uganda’s national health policy for treating children with malaria. He is a long-standing member of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and was the PIDS Young Investigator Award winner in 2004.
Dr. John earned his MD and did his Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residencies at University of Michigan. He completed his Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University and Rainbow Babies and Children’s 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.