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No. 1, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth Castro!

The North American Region (NAR) of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (UNION) is pleased to present the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Kenneth Castro. This award is presented to deserving recipients who have made a significant contribution in the field of tuberculosis over an entire career. The contribution may have been in any aspect of TB, including basic science, epidemiology, public health, advocacy, patient care, education, nursing, and laboratory science. Nominees may be working in any position, organization, or profession. The award is not given on an annual basis, but rather when an individual who meets the criteria of the award has come to the attention of the organization. Past awardees include Dr. Lee Reichman, Dr. Jacques Grosset, Dr. William Pape, Dr. Donald Enarsen, Dr. Anne Fanning, Ms. Sue Etkind, and Dr. George Comstock.

Dr. Castro led the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination for 20 years, during which time the U.S. saw a 63% decline in TB cases. He developed new research and program initiatives such as the TB Trials Consortium and the TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium, the National Tuberculosis Indicators Project, and the National Genotyping Service, as well as the Molecular Detection of Drug Resistance service. Internationally, Dr. Castro is a founding member of the STOP TB Partnership and serves as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO). He has chaired numerous international conferences and contributed to the development of international guidelines in TB control. Despite this busy schedule, Dr. Castro remains accessible and approachable, inspiring new scientists and clinicians into the field, whether by a word of praise at a poster session or by a few words in the hallway. A scientist, an advocate, a clinician, a teacher, a leader—Dr. Castro is truly an ideal candidate for an award that recognizes a life-long passion and dedication to TB elimination and the goal of zero deaths from TB.

Dr. Castro received this award in Boston on February 28. Congratulations, Dr. Castro!

Submitted by Jane Carter, MD

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