UMass Med School Professor Lands Spot on TIME’s “Most Influential” List

Every year, TIME magazine releases a list of the world’s most influential individuals. Over the past ten years, the magazine has recognized a diverse collection of scientists, artists, philosophers, and world leaders who have proven to have a profound impact on the world. This year’s list highlighted the skills and achievements of an equally accomplished and eclectic group including Vice President Joe Biden, Steven Spielberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and one of UMass Medical’s own, Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga.  UMass Medical School is an NEC member.

Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, a professor of pediatrics and medicine at the Worcester-based medical school, was recognized for reporting the first case of a “functional cure” in an HIV-infected infant. Luzuriaga has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to pediatric HIV/AIDS research throughout her distinguished career. The results her team yielded most recently have provided a basis for future research and encourage others in the field who work tirelessly to one day eliminate cases of HIV amongst children and pregnant women worldwide.

“We are honored and humbled that our work has been considered influential,” said Luzuriaga. “Our hope is that this will help to communicate the power and potential of scientific investigation for optimizing health outcomes for children. This work has benefitted from the strong scientific community here at UMass Medical School, as well as the work of numerous colleagues around the world. Together, we are committed to eradicating pediatric HIV infection and improving child health globally.”

The New England Council congratulates Dr. Luzuriaga and her team on their remarkable discovery and significant impact on the field of pediatric medicine! The Council also applauds UMass Medical School for their continued support of such ground-breaking research.

To learn more about Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga and see TIME Magazine’s complete list of influential individuals, please click here .



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