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Alumnus Discusses Eliminating Meningitis in Africa

November 05, 2012

Laura Lemire
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Alumnus Marc LaForce will speak at the college on Nov. 13 about his successful effort to eliminate meningitis in Africa.Alumnus F. Marc LaForce will speak at the college Nov. 13 about his successful effort to eliminate meningitis epidemics in Africa.

The 1960 chemistry graduate recently received one of the most prestigious honors in the field of global community health, the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award, for his work.

The Sabin Vaccine Institute presents the award annually to commemorate the legacy of the doctor who developed the oral polio vaccine.

For the past decade of his distinguished career in medicine, LaForce 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.

The doctor directed the Meningitis Vaccine Project, a Gates-funded partnership with the World Health Organization from 2001 - 2012. He has taught at the University of Colorado and the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and been an advisor to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Physicians.

His talk takes place Tues., Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at The New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Portraits wrote about LaForce's success in the fall 2011 issue.