Awarded annually, the Sabin Gold Medal and Rising Star Award honors individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to immunization and global health. These awards commemorate the legacy of the late Dr. Albert B. Sabin, who discovered the oral polio vaccine and dedicated his life to ensuring everyone in the world had access to vaccines.

2022 Gold Medal Recipient

Kathrin Jansen Headshot

Kathrin Jansen, PhD

2022 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Recipient

Dr. Jansen has led vaccine research and development (R&D) for a range of challenging diseases from COVID-19 to HPV and pneumonia, all of which afflict adults and children in low-and middle-income countries with already fragile health care systems.

2022 Sabin Rising Star Award Recipient

Kizzmekia Corbett

Kizzmekia Corbett, PhD

2022 Rising Star Awardee

Dr. Corbett’s work laid the groundwork for the development of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine while she was at the National Institutes of Health. She has since continued to advance vaccine development for pandemic preparedness and build public confidence in vaccines, particularly among communities of color facing health disparities.