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Alumnus Marc LaForce Receives Award for Vaccine Development

May 09, 2012

Laurie Morrissey
Communications and Marketing
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Marc LaForceSaint Anselm alumnus F. Marc LaForce received one of the most prestigious honors in the field of global community health at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on May 7. The annual Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award is the highest scientific honor bestowed by the Sabin Vaccine Institute, which commemorates the legacy of the doctor who developed the oral polio vaccine.

The 1960 alumnus was featured in the cover story of Portraits fall 2011. He was a chemistry major. For the past decade of his distinguished career in medicine, he has led the effort to eradicate the deadly bacterial meningitis epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa by producing a revolutionary, cost-effective vaccine. Millions of people in 25 countries have already received the vaccination, and it has the potential to prevent one million cases of illness and save 150,000 lives.

Read Marc's story in the fall 2011 issue of Portraits magazine.