Permar Receives Young Investigator Award

February 5, 2014

Durham, DC – Sallie R. Permar, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Assistant Professor in Immunology, and Assistant Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR).

Given annually since 1983, this highly prestigious award honors the early achievements of scientists and physician-scientists engaged in a discovery-based career addressing diseases that affect children. According to the SPR, the Young Investigator Award “seeks to recognize past achievements and encourage the further ascendance of a research star. In addition to individual recognition, the award honors the department and institution responsible for creating and preserving a research environment conducive to profound research accomplishment.”

Permar’s work focuses on defining and eliciting immune responses at the maternal-fetal interface that prevent vertical transmission of neonatal viral pathogens. She has advanced our understanding of immune protection against mother to child virus transmission by a) developing nonhuman primate models to investigate immune protection against vertical transmission of HIV-1 and cytomegalovirus, b) designing maternal vaccine strategies to target immune responses in breast milk, and c) defining novel innate antiviral factors in breast milk.

Permar will be recognized at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting scheduled for May 3-6 in Vancouver, Canada.