Hattie Alexander Memorial Lecture

The annual infectious disease lecture honors Hattie Alexander, MD, who was a resident at Babies Hospital and remained on the faculty here until the end of her career in 1966. Dr. Alexander’s research focused on Hemophilus influenza type B, and she developed an anti-influenzal serum that reduced the mortality rate to 20 percent for meningitis in infants and children.

Past Lectures

  • 2018: Sten Vermund, MD, PhD, Preventing HIV in Babies: My Journey from A to Z (Alabama to Zambia)
  • 2017: Eric G. Pamer, MD, Microbiota-mediated Defense Against Intestinal Infection
  • 2016: Joseph W. St. Geme III, MD, Insights into an Emerging Pathogen Reminiscent of Haemophilus influenza type b
  • 2015: Lawrence R. Stanberry, MD, PhD, What We Have Learned and What We Do Not Know about HSV Vaccines
  • 2014: Kathryn Edwards, MD, Pertussis: What are We Going to do About Increasing Disease
  • 2013: Martin J. Blaser, MD, Perturbing the Early Life Microbiome and its Consequences
  • 2012: David Relman, MD, The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease
  • 2011: Steve Holland, MD, So Many Fungi, So Little Diseases: How Humans Resist Mycoses
  • 2010: Paul Offit, MD, Communicating Sciences to the Public: The Vaccine-Autism Debate
  • 2009: Adam Ratner, MD, From H.Flu to Swine Flu & Back: Pandemic Influenza & Bacterial Pneumonia
  • 2008: Sarah Long, MD, Changes in Infectious Diseases in a Half-Century
  • 2007: Richard Whitley, MD, HSV: From Encephalitis to Gene Therapy
  • 2006: Louis Z. Cooper, MD, What I’d Love to Tell You, Dr. Alexander: Germs, Children and Global Health
  • 2005: Louis Z. Cooper, MD, Haemophilus Influenzae: Reflections on the Biology and History of a Remarkable Pathogen
  • 2004: Anne Moscona, MD, Runny Noses, Coughs, and Fevers: How Respiratory Viruses Cause Disease in Children
  • 2003: Scott Hammer, MD, HIV: Where do We Stand Today?
  • 2002: Yuan Chang, MD and Patrick Moore, MD, KSHV: Identification of a New Tumor Virus
  • 2001: Henry Shinefield, MD, Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine: A Significant Preventative Strategy
  • 2000: Philip Pizzo, MD, Future of Pediatric Science and Medicine
  • 1999: Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, Vaccine for Pediatric Helminth Infections
  • 1998: Margaret K. Hostetter, MD, Candida Albicans: Pathogenesis and Potential Therapies
  • 1997: Stanley Falkow, PhD, Genetic & Molecular Determinants of Salmonella Pathogenesis
  • 1996: Alice Prince, MD, The Pathogenesis of Pulmonary Infection in Cystic Fibrosis
  • 1995: Catherine Wilfert, MD, Pediatric HIV: Epidemiology and Perinatal Transmission and Samuel L. Katz, MD, Vaccine Research and Development
  • 1994: Ann Arvin, MD, Herpes Simplex Infection in Pregnancy and in Newborns
  • 1993: Michael Katz, MD, Grief in Wisdom: Concerns about the Safety of Childhood Vaccines
  • 1992: James Kennedy Todd, MD, The Fall and Rise of Severe Streptococcal Disease
  • 1991: Caroline Breese Hall, MD, Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Sneezes and Wheezes; Conundrums and Concerns
  • 1990: June Osborn, MD, AIDS and the Family
  • 1989: George Miller, MD, Role of Latency and Replication in the Pathogenesis of EBV: Associated Lymphoproliferative Disease
  • 1988: Stanley Plotkin, MD, Philosophy Behind Vaccine Development
  • 1987: Carleton Gajdusek, MD, Amyloidosis in the Brain of Children & Adults: Down’s Syndrome, Alzheimer’s Disease and Kuru