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Honorable Mentions

Schinazi receives 2015 Middleton Award


Dr. Raymond Schinazi received VA's 2015 Middleton Award for his development of drugs to treat HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C infections.
Dr. Raymond Schinazi received VA's 2015 Middleton Award for his development of drugs to treat HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C infections. (Photo by Jaime Robards/Emory University)

Dr. Raymond Schinazi received VA's 2015 Middleton Award for his development of drugs to treat HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C infections. (Photo by Jaime Robards/Emory University)

Dr. Raymond F. Schinazi, a senior research career scientist at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and an investigator in the Center for AIDS Research at Emory University, received the 2015 William S. Middleton Award for VA for his pioneering work in discovering drug treatments for infectious disease.

The annual award is the highest honor given by the VA Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development Service.

Schinazi has developed antiviral drugs that have come to form the backbone of combination regimens used in the treatment of HIV infection. He has founded several biotechnology companies in addition to his VA and Emory roles, holds more than 90 U.S. patents, and has authored more than 500 peer-reviewed papers.

In addition to his work on AIDS, Schinazi's expertise in virology and medicinal chemistry played a key role in the early development of the drug sofosbuvir (sold as Sovaldi), now in wide use as a highly effective treatment for hepatitis C virus infections.

The Middleton Award goes to a senior research scientist in recognition of outstanding scientific contributions and achievements in the areas of biomedical and behavioral research relevant to the healthcare of Veterans. The award honors Dr. Middleton, a former VA chief medical director who was instrumental in expanding VA medical research.


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