Vital Signs: February 2000
World-Renowned Virologist Hilary Koprowski, MD, Honored on the 50th Anniversary of His First Oral Polio Vaccine
In developing the first oral vaccine in 1950, Dr. Koprowski’s early vaccination trials in the United States, Africa and Poland paved the way for the elimination of polio from the world this year.
Dr. Koprowski’s many achievements also include the development of the rabies vaccine now used throughout the world. He pioneered the development of monoclonal antibodies for the detection and treatment of cancer.
He continues to study plant-based edible vaccines as Director of the Biotechnology Foundation Laboratories and the Center for Neurovirology at Jefferson. He is Professor Laureate at The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, where he was director from 1957 to 1991, building Wistar into a leading biomedical research institution.
Dr. Koprowski has won many honors and awards in his distinguished career, such as the Legion of Honor of France and the Philadelphia Award.
He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and other institutions.
Jay S. Greenspan, MD: March of
Dimes Volunteer of the Year
Dr. Greenspan has been a member of the March of Dimes Board of Directors and Chair of the Program Services Committee for four years. He has provided leadership in determining regional perinatal needs and funding and is active in educating the public about the March of Dimes mission and important health issues affecting mothers, infants and children.
During 1999, Dr. Greenspan established a Folic Acid Council to inform the public and health providers about the importance of folic acid in lowering birth defect risk before and during early pregnancy. Under his leadership in 1997, the chapter published a Perinatal Needs Assessment of the Southeast PA region.
Dr. Greenspan, director of Jefferson's Neonatology Division, oversees nurseries at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and other Jefferson Health System (JHS) member hospitals, as well as at Riddle Memorial Hospital, a JHS alliance partner. His research interests are in neonatal pulmonary disease and outcome studies.