October 26 to October 29



Deadline to apply: 09/15/2021

George M. Baer Latin American Investigator Award

The George M. Baer Latin American Investigator Award is given to a researcher from a Latin American country for outstanding work in the field of rabies research. It is named for Dr. George Martin Baer, one of the founding members of the Rabies in the Americas Conference (RITA). He was an eminent virologist, veterinarian, and public health scientist, with a strong affection for the developing world. Dr. Baer helped to lay the groundwork for Mexico’s public health programs against rabies, an effort he continued throughout his professional life. In 1969, became head of the US CDC Rabies Laboratory. With his team of researchers, he developed a method for the immunization of wildlife, for which he was credited as the “Father of Oral Rabies Vaccination”. His considerable expertise made him one of the foremost international experts in this arena. Of his more than 100 publications, his 1991 book, The Natural History of Rabies, remains a definitive reference in the field. After retirement from CDC, he founded a diagnostic laboratory in Mexico City, and remained a member International Steering Committee for RITA.

For his multiple contributions, not the least of which focused upon relevant technology transfer to the developing world, the RITA International Steering Committee named the annual prize for the best work from a Latin American researcher in his honor.

In 2021, the Award Winner will be recognized for their achievement with an opportunity to present their work in a special session of the virtual RITA Conference.

Award criteria:

The winner of the award is chosen by the RITA International Steering Committee. The following elements are taken in consideration when selecting the winner:

How to apply:

Applications must be received by September 15, 2021, 11:59 Brasilia Time (GMT-3) in order to be considered for RITA2021.

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