Several PIDS members have been recognized by the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) and the American Pediatric Society (APS) for their important contributions to the field of pediatrics.

Kathryn M. Edwards, MD - photoKathryn M. Edwards, MD, is the recipient of the 2020 John Howland Award from APS, the society’s highest honor, for her significant contributions to pediatrics and vaccinology. Dr. Edwards holds the Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair in Pediatrics and is Professor of Pediatrics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Her work focuses on the evaluation of vaccines for the prevention of infectious diseases in adults and children, and she has led many of the pivotal clinical trials of vaccines licensed in the past several decades, playing a major role in their implementation.


Sallie R. Permar, MD - photoSallie R. Permar, MD, PhD, is the recipient of the 2020 SPR Award in honor of E. Mead Johnson, the most prestigious honor bestowed by the society. The award recognizes outstanding clinical and laboratory pediatric research achievements. Associate dean for physician-scientist development at Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Permar is the Wilburt C. Davison Distinguished Professor in Pediatrics and Professor of Immunology, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Pathology at Duke. She leads a research laboratory investigating immune protection against vertical transmission of neonatal viral pathogens, namely HIV and cytomegalovirus.


John V. Williams, MD - photoJohn V. Williams, MD, is the recipient of the 2020 APS Norman J. Siegel Outstanding Science Award. Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, he is the Henry L. Hillman Endowed Chair in Pediatric Immunology and Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, as well as the Director of the Institute for Infection, Inflammation, and Immunity in Children (i4Kids). He is an international leader in the field of respiratory virus biology, particularly human metapneumovirus, and a recognized researcher and contributor to leading scientific journals.