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Senior Investigators Uli von Andrian, M.D., Ph.D. and Fred Alt, Ph.D., recently received prestigious awards from the American Association of Immunologists (AAI). von Andrian was honored with the AAI-BD Biosciences Investigator award, for outstanding early-career research in immunology, while Alt garnered the 2007 AAI-Huang Meritorious Career Award, for outstanding research contributions in the same field.

The AAI cited von Andrian as "an international leader in the development of the methodology of intravital imaging used to explore immune cell interactions." In applying these novel techniques, he has "made important contributions to our understanding of immune responses."

Alt, who serves at IDI's scientific director, was praised in the award announcement for "sustained groundbreaking discoveries that span several decades concerning immune receptor gene assembly and expression." Alt's work was noted by AAI for having a "major impact not only on the field of immunology, but in cancer biology and the field of DNA recombination and repair."

In addition to his position at IDI, von Andrian is a professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School. Alt's positions include Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at Children's Hospital Boston, and the Charles A. Janeway Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

Initiated in 1993, the AAI-BD Biosciences Award comes with a plaque and $3,000 cash for the recipient. The AAI-Huang Meritorious Career Award was established in 1999 in partnership with Ernie Huang (Huang Foundation) and comes with a $10,000 cash award. IDI Senior Investigator Anjana Rao was honored with the Huang award in 2000. In addition, former IDI President Fred S. Rosen, M.D., won the 2006 AAI-Dana Foundation Award in Human Immunology Research, shortly before his death.

Presentation of AAI awards, as well as award lectures by Alt and von Andrian, will take place at the annual meeting of the AAI in Miami Beach, Florida, May 18 -- 22, 2007. For complete information, go to http://www.aai.org/.