(From the August 2014 Research Now)
M. Asuncion Mejias, a principal investigator in the Center for Vaccines and Immunity at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, is the recipient of a new award from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. The Caroline B. Hall Clinically Innovative Research Award is presented annually to a faculty member who is first author of a paper that best illustrates innovation through clinical teaching and research in pediatric infectious diseases.
Dr. Meijas was recognized for her research on respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection, which was published in the journal PLOS Medicine this past November. RSV is the leading cause of hospitalization for children under age one, and the virus infects almost every child at least once before the age of two.
The Caroline B. Hall Clinically Innovative Research Award celebrates the teaching and clinical research contributions of Dr. Caroline B. Hall in the field of pediatric infectious diseases, particularly respiratory viruses like RSV. Dr. Mejias is also on the physician team for Infectious Diseases, a faculty member for the Division of Infection Diseases, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.