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Duke researcher receives 2016 Distinguished Scientist Award from APIC

Association for Professionals in Infection Control


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The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today awarded Deverick J. Anderson, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine, Duke University Medical Center, with the Distinguished Scientist Award.

The award, presented at APIC's 43rd Annual Conference, is given to an individual who has made a significant and sustained contribution to infection prevention science and who exemplifies scholarly excellence and infection prevention leadership within the scientific community.

"Dr. Anderson is one of the leading epidemiologists in the U.S. whose contributions are helping to advance patient safety on many levels," said APIC 2016 President Susan Dolan, RN, MS, CIC. "We are honored to recognize him at our conference where he will give an update on his latest research projects."

Anderson's research focuses on healthcare epidemiology in community hospital settings, antimicrobial stewardship, multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), surgical site infections, and environmental disinfection. He has authored more than 125 peer-reviewed articles and is principal investigator on the Duke-UNC Epicenter Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He directed the first study to prove that transmission of MDROs occurs from the hospital environment and that enhanced cleaning can reduce the risk of that transmission. Anderson is co-director of the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network and medical director of the Duke Antimicrobial Stewardship and Evaluation Team.

APIC 2016 Annual Conference, June 11-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the most comprehensive infection prevention conference in the world, with more than 60 educational sessions and workshops led by experts from across the globe and attended by nearly 4,000 professionals. The conference aims to provide infection preventionists, physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, educators, administrators, and medical technologists with strategies that can be implemented immediately to improve prevention programs and make healthcare safer. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #APIC2016.



APIC's mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association's more than 15,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. Visit APIC online at Follow APIC on Twitter and Facebook. For consumer information, visit APIC's Infection Prevention and You website.

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