The Abraham Horwitz award will honor Dr. Hotez's extensive work in global health over the past 30 years

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Sept. 26, 2011- Dr. Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, was honored today with the prestigious Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health. The annual award, presented jointly by the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), recognized the major public health contributions that Hotez has made to improve the lives of people living in the Americas.

In addition to his leadership role at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, Hotez serves as director of a new center for vaccine development at Texas Children's Hospital and was recently named the founding dean of the first national school of tropical medicine, located at Baylor College of Medicine.

"The Sabin Vaccine Institute is fortunate to have the benefit of Dr. Hotez's drive and energy. His extensive record of innovation in global health is clearly reflected in this award, which showcases his deep dedication to the prevention of neglected tropical diseases in the Americas," said Michael W. Marine, Sabin chief executive officer. "In addition to the recognition of Dr. Hotez's accomplishments, the Horwitz Award calls attention to health concerns throughout the hemisphere and will inspire continuing achievements in region-wide public health."

The Horwitz Award was established in 1975 to honor creative public health leaders whose commitment to public health stimulates excellence among their peers, staff and other public health professionals. Dr. Abraham Horwitz, a native of Chile, served as director of PAHO from 1958 to 1975 and as president of PAHEF from 1975 to 2000. Among his many achievements, he laid the groundwork for the eradication of smallpox in the Americas and is known for organizing Chile's National Health Service. In Horwitz's mold, winners of this prestigious award selflessly serve the public's health, champion change and manage risks, all for the enhancement of health beyond their own borders.

Hotez said of the award, "I am honored to receive this year's Horwitz Award and I hope to continue to celebrate Dr. Horwitz's accomplishments in global health through Sabin's innovative efforts to prevent and cure vaccine-preventable infectious diseases in the Americas and worldwide."

A select jury of public health professionals, along with the foundation board, chose Hotez after reviewing a pool of highly qualified nominations. Hotez and other 2011 winners of PAHEF/PAHO awards will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 26. Invitees include many distinguished individuals, including ministers of health, ambassadors from Organization of American States (OAS) member countries and private sector representatives.

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About Sabin Vaccine Institute
Sabin Vaccine Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of scientists, researchers, and advocates dedicated to reducing needless human suffering caused by vaccine preventable and neglected tropical diseases. Sabin works with governments, leading public and private organizations, and academic institutions to provide solutions for some of the world's most pervasive health challenges. Since its founding in 1993 in honor of the oral polio vaccine developer, Dr. Albert B. Sabin, the Institute has been at the forefront of efforts to control, treat, and eliminate these diseases by developing new vaccines, advocating use of existing vaccines, and promoting increased access to affordable medical treatments. For more information please visit www.sabin.org.

About Texas Children's Hospital
Texas Children's Hospital, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to creating a community of healthy children through excellence in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked among the top children's hospitals in the nation, Texas Children's has recognized Centers of Excellence in multiple pediatric subspecialties including the Cancer and Heart Centers, and operates the largest primary pediatric care network in the country. Texas Children's is completing a $1.5 billion expansion, which includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; and Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston. For more information on Texas Children's, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news from Texas Children's by visiting the online newsroom and on Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.

About Baylor College of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) in Houston is recognized as a premier academic health science center and is known for excellence in education, research and patient care. It is the only private medical school in the greater southwest and is ranked 22nd in the top medical schools for research in U.S. News & World Report. Located in the Texas Medical Center, BCM has affiliations with eight teaching hospitals. Currently, BCM trains more than 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia, and physician assistant students, as well as residents and post-doctoral fellows. Follow Baylor College of Medicine on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BaylorCollegeOfMedicine) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/BCMHouston).

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