NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, BETHESDA, MD - The new Sheldon M. Wolff, M.D. Fellowship on International Health provides opportunities for American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows in the Science, Engineering, and Diplomacy Program to work at the Fogarty International Center on program, policy, and planning initiatives. FIC initiated the fellowship in honor of the late Sheldon M. Wolff, M.D., a world leader in infectious disease research. In addition to his enormous contributions toward the understanding of fever, its causes, effects on the host, and role in infectious, inflammatory, and immunologic disorders, Wolff was also a strong advocate of international collaborations as a means to advance key research areas and improve human health. Throughout his career at NIH and later at Tufts University School of Medicine and New England Medical Center Hospital, Wolff trained many scientists from the United States and the developing world who went on to establish productive research careers. He also possessed enormous insight into the broad impact of infectious disease on societies, including the economic burdens, and was among the first to recognize the great toll HIV/AIDS would take on humanity.
Wolff began his distinguished career in 1960 in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He subsequently became NIAID's clinical director, a post he held until 1977 when he left NIH to become professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at the New England Medical Center Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
"Shelly Wolff was an inspiring leader who strongly believed in nurturing the careers of others and in the role science can play in improving global health," said FIC Director Gerald T. Keusch, M.D. "Since these are the goals of the FIC at Dr. Wolff's beloved NIH, we are thrilled to name this fellowship in
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