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Dr. Peter Hotez

Those who know Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, know that his name and passion are almost synonymous as he has worked tirelessly to fight against neglected tropical diseases.

Hotez, who is also President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and holds the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics, is one of 15 scientists who received the Passion in Science Awards™ from New England Biolabs®, which recognize scientists for inspirational works that crosses into the arts, humanitarian service, environmental stewardship and scientific leadership. Hotez received his award for “humanitarian duty.”

"It’s a great honor to be recognized for the humanitarian impact of our work on neglected tropical disease vaccines, other new technologies, and advocacy,” said Hotez, who has devoted his professional career to develop new vaccines for the neglected tropical diseases that steal the lives and futures of many millions of people who live in poverty around the world while making medications to treat those and other diseases through two organizations: the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases and the vaccine development partnership between the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital.

Hotez received his M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College, his Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University, both in New York, New York; and his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Read more about the fourteen other scientists – both young and old – who received the award for a variety of activities.