The lectureship is dedicated to and honors Dr. Caroline B. Hall, a world-renowned pediatrician, teacher, researcher, and a founding member of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. Dr. Hall held the position of Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine for over 40 years. She was a legend in pediatric infectious diseases for her groundbreaking and prolific research on RSV, HHV-6 and other respiratory viral pathogens and authored over 500 peer reviewed publications. Her contributions significantly enhanced our understanding of diverse respiratory viral infections and resulted in the development of diagnostic and management guidelines for infections that continue to be important clinical references. Dr. Hall served as the 5th President of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and was the society’s Historian. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians and received numerous honors including the Distinguished Physician and Distinguished Service Awards from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the IDSA John Enders Lectureship, the Pan American Society of Virology Award, and the Robert M. Chanock Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Hall Clinical and Translational Research Lectureship is allotted 1.5 hours: 15 minutes for an abstract presentation selected from submitted abstracts for that year, 15 minutes for the presentation of the award, and one hour for the lecture by the awardee. The lectureship should highlight innovative clinical and translational research on infectious diseases of children that is performed in either the inpatient or outpatient setting, focused on the epidemiology, diagnosis, management, prevention, and treatment of these infections.

PIDS is requesting nominations from the membership for the 2020 Hall Clinical & Translational Research Lectureship awardee. To nominate a candidate, please send a letter of nomination and nominee's CV to the PIDS Headquarters office via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax (703-299-0473) to the attention of the Program and Meetings Committee no later than Monday, October 28, 2019.

Examples of prior presentations and awardees have included:

  • 2015: John V. Williams, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
    Human Metapneumovirus – From Kids with Colds to Conundrums with Cures
     
  • 2016: Octavio Ramilo, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    RSV Infection: Old Challenges and New Opportunities
     
  • 2017: Janet A. Englund, Seattle Children’s Hospital
    Respiratory Viral Infections in the High-Risk Patient
     
  • 2018: Ruth Karron, Johns Hopkins University
    RSV Vaccines: Where Do We Go from Here?

  • 2019:  Karin Nielsen, University of California, Los Angeles
    Clinical Evolution of Infants with Antenatal Zika Virus Exposure - Lessons Learned from Rio de Janeiro