Dr. Larry Corey, senior vice president and co-director of the Center’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute, today was named as one of 65 new members of the prestigious Institute of Medicine. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. With their election, members make a commitment to give volunteer time to Institute committees that engage in a broad range of studies of health issues.
"I am honored by the recognition and I thank all of the smart fellows, post docs, technicians and collaborators who have made me look so good over the years," Corey said. "I hope I continue to stay out of their way and allow them to pursue their ideas, with just the right touch of guidance from me."
Members are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes people who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.
Corey also is principal investigator of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, which is based at the Center. He is also head of the University of Washington’s Virology Division and is a professor of medicine and laboratory medicine at the UW School of Medicine.
Research in Corey’s laboratories includes studies dealing with the pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of HIV and herpes virus infections. These investigations include the development of experimental vaccines for both genital herpes and HIV. Corey's labs have also pioneered novel tests for diagnosing and monitoring therapies for viral infections.