USAMRIID scientist nominated for major award

A scientist from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases located at Fort Detrick, Maryland, was recently nominated for a major award for his work in researching vaccines against bioterror agents.

Dr. Arthur Friedlander has been nominated for a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal. He is one of 33 finalists. Friedlander works in the fields of anthrax and plague research and is developing vaccines and treatments for both, according to

The senior scientist at USAMRIID was recently honored at the non-profit Partnership for Peace Service in Washington, D.C. Partnership for Peace sponsors the awards, known as the "Sammies." Recipients of the medal are expected to be announced on September 13.

Friedlander was nominated, in part, for his work as the director of a team that developed a new vaccine against inhalation anthrax infection. His work led to the development of vaccines that are currently in human clinical trials conducted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Friedlander is also responsible for the development of a new plague vaccine that proved effective in animal trials. The vaccine is currently undergoing human clinical trials.

Friedlander has been a part of USAMRIID since 1979 and is an Infectious Diseases Society of America fellow. He is currently serving as an adjunct professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

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