Awards & Recognitions

Awarded annually, the Sabin Gold Medal and Rising Star Award honor individuals and teams 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.

2021 Gold Medal Recipient

Barney S Graham

Barney S. Graham, MD, PhD

2021 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Recipient

Dr. Graham has led the development and testing of new vaccines for many global pathogens, including influenza, HIV, Ebola, West Nile, chikungunya, Zika, SARS and MERS. His laboratory's work helped lead to the development of COVID-19 vaccines.

2021 Sabin Rising Star Award Recipient

Nginache Napota

Nginache Nampota-Nkomba, MBBS, MSc

2021 Sabin Rising Star Recipient

Dr. Nampota-Nkomba's community-based research informs immunization solutions in Malawi and globally. She is helping lead a clinical trial of a novel typhoid conjugate vaccine in children, and also investigates HIV/AIDS and malaria in vulnerable communities.