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MHRP Director receives the Hero of Military Medicine Award for the U.S. Army

May 3, 2013
In a ceremony held May 1, Col. Nelson Michael received the Hero of Military Medicine Award for the U.S. Army for his excellence as an HIV researcher and leader in global health.

Award Honors Col. Michael's Excellence as an HIV Researcher and Leader in Global Health

Dr. Michael’s career has focused on developing an effective HIV vaccine to protect U.S. and Allied Armed Services and reduce the global impact of the disease. MHRP’s international research program has six clinical research sites in the U.S., Africa and Asia, where it conducts HIV cohort studies, HIV vaccine trials and therapeutic studies. Dr. Michael guided MHRP through the completion of the RV144 HIV vaccine study in Thailand, which provided the first demonstration that a preventive HIV vaccine was possible. 

A Colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Dr. Michael entered his Army service in 1989 at WRAIR and he became Director in 2006. He serves on President Obama’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, is a Professor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University, and is a Diplomat, American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Michael currently serves on several advisory groups for the National Institutes of Health, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and the Global HIV AIDS Vaccine Enterprise. He has co-authored more than 200 papers in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Heroes of Military Medicine is presented by the Center for Public-Private Partnerships (CP3) at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine to honor outstanding contributions by individuals who have distinguished themselves through excellence and selfless dedication to advancing medicine and enhancing the lives and health of our nation’s wounded, ill, and injured service members, veterans, and their families.