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Kenrad Nelson, MD

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E7638
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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MD, Northwestern University, 1958
BA, Depauw University, 1954


Research interests include HIV/AIDS, tropical medicine, leprosy, nosocomial infections, hepatitis B, C, and E, infections in drug users, transfusion-transmitted infections, tuberculosis and Penicillium marneffei, viral-induced liver cancer.

Research in populations in the United States, including injection drug users patients with HIV/AIDS, blood donors and transfusion recipients as well as in several international sites, including Thailand, Bangladesh, China, Republic of Georgia.

Honors and Awards

2007 Fellow, American Association for the advancement of Science

2006 – 2007 President, American Epidemiological Society

2005 Present U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF), Recognition Medal, for International Training and Collaboration in Medical Reseaarch with Republic of Georgia

1994 Honorary Doctoral Degree in Public Health, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

1989 Present Delta Omega Academic Honorary Society, Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health

1982 Present Fellow, American Epidemiological Society

1974 Present Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America

  • Epidemiology, HIV/AIDS, tropical medicine, leprosy, nosocomial infections, hepatitis, infections in drug users, and tuberculosis.
  • Fwu CW, Chien YC, Nelson KE, Kirk GD, You SL, Kuo HS, Feinleib M, Chen CJ. Mortality after chronic hepatitis B virus infection: a linkage study involving 2 million parous women from Taiwan. J Infect Dis. 2010 Apr 1;201(7):1016-23. PubMed PMID: 20187745.

  • Tian F, Wang J, Huang Y, Guo X, Yun Z, Yang T, Nelson K, Schreiber GB, Ness P, Shan H. Psychological and behavioural impacts of the 2008 China earthquake on blood donors. Vox Sang. 2010 Mar 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 20202183.

  • Nelson KM, Thiede H, Hawes SE, Golden MR, Hutcheson R, Carey JW, Kurth A, Jenkins RA. Why the Wait? Delayed HIV Diagnosis among Men Who Have Sex with Men. J Urban Health. 2010 Feb 26. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 20186493.

  • Fu Y, Wang Y, Xia W, Pybus OG, Qin W, Lu L, Nelson K. New trends of HCV infection in China revealed by genetic analysis of viral sequences determined from first-time volunteer blood donors. J Viral Hepat. 2010 Feb 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 20196805.

  • Yang C, Latkin C, Luan R, Nelson K. Condom Use with Female Sex Workers among Male Clients in Sichuan Province, China: The Role of Interpersonal and Venue-Level Factors. J Urban Health. 2010 Feb 9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 20143269.