NIH News Release
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
Fogarty International Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 28, 2001

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Kenneth Bridbord Receives AAAS Award for International Scientific Cooperation

NIH, BETHESDA, MARYLAND — Kenneth Bridbord, M.D., M.P.H., of the Fogarty International Center (FIC), is the recipient of the American Association of Science (AAAS) Award for International Scientific Cooperation. The award recognizes an individual for making extraordinary contributions to furthering international cooperation in science and engineering. AAAS presented the prestigious award during the 2001 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Francisco in February.

Bridbord, Director of FIC's Division of International Training and Research, was honored for his decisive impact in training researchers worldwide for productive and collaborative public health research, and significantly expanding training and collaborative research on AIDS.

Bridbord has been with FIC since 1983. In support of FIC's mission to promote and support scientific research and training internationally to reduce disparities in global health, he has contributed substantially to a wide range of international training and research capacity building programs. For example, the AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP), started in 1988, trains scientists in developing countries to address the AIDS epidemic, primarily through prevention research. AITRP has funded the training of approximately 2,000 scientists from 100 nations, and sponsored courses that have benefited more than 40,000 health scientists around the world. "I take the most pride in seeing how people graduating from our program take their knowledge and their contributions to science and use it to help their countries combat AIDS," said Bridbord.

FIC Director Gerald T. Keusch, M.D. praised Bridbord for his tireless efforts on behalf of capacity building in developing countries. "Your unwavering commitment to strengthening the scientific capacity in countries hardest hit by AIDS has had a significant impact in those countries and it is an inspiration to us all."

Bridbord has also been instrumental in developing FIC research and training programs in clinical, operational and health services research; emerging infectious diseases; environmental and occupational health; maternal and child health; and population and health, among others.

Bridbord is a graduate of the Cooper Union (B.S. in chemical engineering), the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (M.D.), and the Harvard School of Public Health (M.P.H.). For nearly 30 years he has been involved in public health research and preventive medicine with the U.S. Government, first with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and then with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1975, Bridbord was honored with a Silver Medal from the EPA for his work developing the health basis for reducing lead levels in gasoline.

FIC is the international component of the NIH. The Center promotes and supports scientific research internationally to reduce disparities in global health. NIH is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Fact sheets, press releases, and other FIC-related materials are available at: http://www.nih.gov/fic.