Kathy Edwards, MD

LG Mentoring and Career Development Committee Chair
Kathy Edwards, MD

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Dr. Edwards has spent much of the last four decades conducting clinical trials in infectious diseases and vaccine research at Vanderbilt; in leading NIH-funded VTEU, CDC, and industry-funded multicenter vaccine and surveillance initiatives; in designing, conducting, and analyzing pivotal Phase I-III studies on vaccines and therapeutics; in facilitating networking with basic and clinical investigators; and in mentoring a cadre of young investigators who have gone on to be leaders in translational research.  Her extensive clinical, epidemiologic, and vaccine trial experience include studies of many important human pathogens; Haemophilus influenzae, Bordetella pertussis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, tuberculosis, malaria, influenza, vaccinia, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), rotavirus, and Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  She has provided expert consultation to the FDA, CDC, NIH and WHO through membership on pivotal advisory committees.  Her success in stimulating young people to pursue careers in infectious diseases and in training of young investigators in research is evident in that many of her trainees have received NIH K, R, and U01 series funding launching their successful academic careers, and in her three prestigious awards for mentorship; the IDSA Walter Stamm Mentorship Award, the Maureen Andrews Mentorship Award from the Society for Pediatric Research, and the Vanderbilt University Medical School Award for Excellence in Mentoring Post-doctoral Fellows and Residents in Research.   Dr. Edwards will lead the Mentoring and Career Development Committee of IDRCD LG. Combining the extensive mentorship resources at the eight academic medical centers, the infrastructure of two NIH-funded Vaccinology T32 Training Grants and other existing T and K series grants within the network, and the considerable mentorship experiences and opportunities afforded by the leaders involved in the IDCRC.

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