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Associate Professor Margaret N. Kosek Receives the Bailey K. Ashford Medal from the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Margaret Kosek (center) with mentors
Richard Guerrant (left) and Larry Moulton
Margaret Kosek at the ASTMH

The Bailey K. Ashford Medal is awarded by the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene for distinguished work in tropical medicine. The prestigious award, which is presented annually at the ASTMH conference, was bestowed this year to Margaret N. Kosek, MD, associate professor in International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Kosek’s work focuses on the epidemiology and impact of enteric infections on child health, the improvement of disease burden estimates in child health, and malaria epidemiology in the Peruvian Amazon.

“The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is dedicated to science that supports the development and delivery of better treatment on the control of diseases related to poverty,” says Kosek. “It’s an honor to receive recognition from such an organization.” 

Kosek, who joined the Bloomberg School in 2002, studies the lasting health impact of early childhood infectious diseases on child health.  “My group’s translational science begins not in health centers or hospitals, but in the study of environmental and community determinants of health and well-being,” she explains.  “We work to integrate epidemiology, improved diagnostics of key pathogens, metabolomics and metagenomics to deepen our understanding of the relationship between frequent intercurrent infections and chronic undernutrition in early childhood.”

Dr. Larry Moulton, Kosek’s faculty mentor and a professor in International Health at the Bloomberg School, introduced Kosek at the award ceremony. “He compared me to a dung beetle in his remarks, which made the experience particularly memorable.” Moulton clarifies: “There is a depiction of a dung beetle on the reverse side of the medal Margaret received; while making a more extended metaphorical comment, I did say she has the tenacity of a dung beetle.”

You can read more about the Kosek and her research group’s work here

(November 10, 2017)