1366. Streptococcus Pneumoniae - Worldwide Resistance Patterns and Vaccine Updates
Session: Symposium: Pneumococcal Disease
Saturday, October 22, 2011: 5:45 PM
Room: 104ABC

Kathryn Edwards, MD, FIDSA, Div of ID, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Dr. Edwards received her medical degree at the University of Iowa and her residency training at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University. Her Fellowship and postdoctoral training were completed at Northwestern University and Rush Medical School in Chicago, IL, respectively. Dr. Edwards joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases in 1980, advanced to Associate Professor in 1986, and was promoted the Professor in 1991. Currently Dr. Edwards holds the Sarah H. Sell Chair in Pediatrics and serves as the Director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program. She has conducted research on pediatric and adult vaccines since her arrival at Vanderbilt and has been involved in formulating vaccine policy for the country and in evaluating the impact of various vaccine programs. Through NIH and CDC funding she has performed many of the pivotal studies on vaccine effectiveness, vaccine safety, and vaccine impact in the past three decades. She is actively engaged in mentoring young clinical investigators and in teaching residents, medical students, and fellows. She received the Mentorship Award from the Infectious Disease Society of America in 2006 for her commitment to mentoring young investigators. Her clinical work is focused on preventing and managing infectious diseases in children. Dr. Edwards is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics and previously has served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biological Products. Dr Edwards has published over 300 articles, primarily on the topics of vaccines and pediatric infectious diseases. In 2007 she was the recipient of both the Pediatric Academic Society Plotkin Lectureship in Vaccinology and the Infectious Disease Society of America Smadel Award. In 2008 she was elected into the Institute of Medicine.

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