The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will be holding a symposium in honor of Dr. Al Kapikian in Bethesda, Maryland on September 30, 2014. It will run from 1-4:30pm, followed by a reception. You may register for the event on the NIAID website. Registration closes on August 29th, so act now to take advantage of this opportunity!
We highlighted Dr. Kapikian’s life and achievements after he passed away this February at 83. He has been called the “father of human gastroenteritis virus research” and is credited with the discovery of Norwalk virus in 1972, Hepatitis A virus in 1973, and first detected rotavirus in the United States that same year.
His influential and pioneering career spanned almost six decades, with over 400 scientific publications, but he is perhaps best known for his 25 years of work on understanding the transmission of rotavirus and developing an effective and safe vaccine. Rotaviruses have historically been the main cause of gastrointestinal illness in young children, but his vaccine research has made it less of an issue, and saved the lives of hundreds of thousands worldwide. Dr. Kapikian was also known as a kindhearted individual and a mentor to many budding scientists. The symposium will commemorate his achievements and highlight the legacy he left at NIH and around the world.