NEW CANAAN, CT, January 17, 2006—The Board of Trustees of the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) announced the appointment of Ciro de Quadros, MD, MPH as interim president and CEO of the Washington, DC- based non-profit organization. For the past three years, de Quadros served as director of international programs for the Sabin, leading initiatives to improve children’s health through rotavirus and rubella immunization in Latin America. He will continue in this capacity while taking on the president and CEO post.

“The Sabin Vaccine Institute is acclaimed for excellent programs of research in the science of vaccines as well as policy guidance for immunization at the local and global levels,” said de Quadros. “The Board wants to see an optimization of Institute programs given the vast opportunities available and to find the best use of resources to meet the superior expectations of our sponsors.”

For 25 years prior to joining the Sabin Vaccine Institute, de Quadros served as director of the Division of Vaccines and Immunization at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). He has also worked for the World Health Organization as Chief Epidemiologist for the Smallpox Eradication Program in Ethiopia. He participated in the pioneering development of surveillance and containment strategies for smallpox eradication and directed successful polio and measles eradication efforts for the Western Hemisphere. He is on the board of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, is chairperson of the Independent Review Committee of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, and is chairperson of the PAHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Vaccines and Immunizations. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Sabin Gold Medal and the International Public Health Hero award of the University of California, Berkeley.

“Ciro de Quadros has dedicated his entire career to relieving and preventing human misery on a grand scale,” said Dr. H.R. Shepherd, chairman of the board of the Sabin Vaccine Institute. “He will help us harness the vast power of vaccines to stamp out disease.”

The mission of the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute is to save lives by advancing development of new vaccines and global immunization. Founded in 1993, the Institute pursues Dr. Albert Sabin’s vision of a world protected from disease by vaccines.