May 4, 2007

Crowe wins national investigator award

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James Crowe Jr., M.D.

Crowe wins national investigator award

James Crowe Jr., M.D., professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, has won the Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR).

The annual award is given to an outstanding investigator age 45 or younger in recognition of excellence in biomedical research.

It recognizes Crowe and his team's body of work on virus infections and immune responses in infants, especially human metapneumovirus.

Crowe received the award April 28 at the National Postal Museum in Washington D.C, during the 2007 Experimental Biology meeting, where he presented the paper “Infant Immune Responses to Viruses.”

“The AFMR award is a national recognition of Jim Crowe's outstanding and ground-breaking studies,” said Brent Polk, M.D., interim chair of the Department of Pediatrics. “It appropriately acknowledges his important contributions to our understanding of infant responses to viral infections. In the coming years, I fully expect Jim's research will continue to have a considerable impact on our perception and knowledge of the genetic, molecular and cellular basis of childhood immune responses in health and disease.”

Crowe's research interests are in vaccine biology and immunology and specifically in the area of neonatal immune responses to viruses or virus vaccines.

“We are fortunate to have him at Vanderbilt as a physician, investigator and teacher. Jim's contribution to our educational mission is also far reaching,” Polk said.

“He is a dedicated mentor to several laboratory and physician scientists who, on their own, will carry forward the work they began here with Jim, leading to healthier children in the future.”

Established in 1940, the AFMR is an international multi-disciplinary association of scientists engaged in all areas of biomedical investigation, patient-oriented, translational and basic research.

The mission of AFMR is to promote understanding of recent advances in biomedical science for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease; to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among physicians and other investigators who are concerned with the treatment of disease; and to improve health by fostering research in all medical disciplines through public policy initiatives and educational programs.