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December 5, 2006

Nelson Elected Fellow of AAAS

Kenrad Nelson, MDKenrad Nelson, MD, a professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been elected a Fellow in the Section on Medical Sciences by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Such an election is bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Johns Hopkins professors Michael Aaron Edidin and Bert Vogelstein were also elected fellows in the AAAS Medical Sciences Section.

Nelson, a well-respected epidemiologist, was honored for his unique contributions to the understanding of the epidemiology of virus-induced disease, particularly hepatitis and AIDS in Thailand. He has focused his research in the areas of HIV/AIDS, tropical medicine, leprosy, nosocomial infections, hepatitis, infections in drug users and tuberculosis.

This year, in total, 449 members were elected fellows by AAAS because of their efforts to advance science or its applications. New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold or blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on February 17 at the Fellows Forum during the 2007 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal Science. AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The AAAS’s mission is to advance science and serve society through initiatives in science policy, international programs and science education.

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Public Affairs media contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Kenna Lowe or Tim Parsons at 410-955-6878 or