FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2020
Contact: Jeri Bowers
Position: President-Elect, AIRI
Phone: 207-288-9888 ext. 105
Email: jeri@mdibl.org

AIRI Presents Dr. Anthony Fauci with 2020 Public Service Award

Washington, DC - The Association of Independent Research Institutes (AIRI) has awarded Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), with the 2020 AIRI Public Service Award in recognition of his exemplary leadership and dedication to communicating science to preserve public health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. AIRI bestowed Dr. Fauci with the Association’s highest honor for his service to biomedical research, public health, and the nation.

“Dr. Fauci’s dedication to using scientific evidence to protect the public’s health during the coronavirus outbreak has saved lives. AIRI is so pleased to be able to recognize Dr. Fauci for his unwavering efforts and deep commitment to biomedical research and public health” said AIRI President Tim Hassen.

As the nation’s top expert on infectious disease, Dr. Fauci has used his role as a leader on the White House Coronavirus Task Force to ensure the nation’s federal, state, and local government leaders make decisions for the country based on the latest scientific data. AIRI also recognized Dr. Fauci for his time and willingness to publicly communicate the gravity of the pandemic and the need for the American public to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Fauci responded “It is with sincerest gratitude I accept the AIRI nomination for the 2020 Public Service Award [and] I would like to thank the AIRI members for selecting me for this very exciting honor….”.

The AIRI Public Service Award is presented to outstanding leaders who demonstrate a strong commitment to biomedical research. Past recipients include National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, Vice President Joe Biden, and Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.

About AIRI
AIRI is a national organization of more than 80 independent, non-profit research institutes that perform basic and clinical research in the biological and behavioral sciences. AIRI was founded in 1961 to promote communication among member institutions and to further the pursuit of common interests, especially with regard to federal issues that affect research funding and regulation. AIRI institutes are focused on their research-only missions, which foster flexibility in an environment that is particularly conducive to scientific creativity and innovation. Several AIRI member institutes, including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the La Jolla Institute for Immunology among others, have been active in the fight against COVID-19.

Public Service Award Recipients