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Victor Garcia, PhD, was named the 2022 recipient of the International Society for Antiviral Research Diversity Speaker Award. UNC School of Medicine’s Craig Cameron, PhD, received the society’s inaugural award for 2021.

Last year, the International Society for Antiviral Research (ISAR) created the Diversity Speaker Award to recognize an outstanding scientist of any group historically underrepresented in its society. Through this award, ISAR seeks to honor an accomplished scientist and increase the society’s diversity for the benefit of all its members and the entire field of antiviral research.

This week, the ISAR announced that its Diversity Speaker Award recipient for 2022 will be J. Victor Garcia, PhD, professor of medicine in the UNC Department of Medicine, director of the International Center for the Advancement of Translational Science, and member of the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Garcia has led seminal research over many years in the field of infectious diseases, especially HIV and COVID-19.

At the start of 2021, the ISAR presented its inaugural Diversity Speaker Award to UNC School of Medicine’s Craig E. Cameron, PhD, the Jeffery Houpt Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.