Martin Favero, Leader in Sterilization and Disinfection Industry, to be Honored at APIC Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced that Martin Favero, PhD, will be the first recipient of the Martin S. Favero Lectureship Award, presented at the post-conference International Symposium on Disinfection, Sterilization, and Antisepsis immediately following the APIC 2003 annual meeting.

The Martin S. Favero Lectureship Award will be presented every three years to honor a recognized expert who has made outstanding and significant lifetime contributions to the fields of disinfection, sterilization, and antisepsis.

Favero, director of scientific and clinical affairs at Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP), a Johnson & Johnson company, has more than 39 years of experience in infection control. Prior to joining ASP in 1996, he worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In his 32 years at the CDC, Favero served in a variety of positions, including as the director of the CDC's Hospital Infections Program. He has published extensively, with more than 200 papers and book chapters in fields such as public health, environmental microbiology, and disinfection and sterilization.

William A. Rutala, PhD, MPH, CIC, chairman of the 2003 APIC International Symposium and director of the hospital epidemiology, occupational health, and safety program at the University of North Carolina Hospitals, said, "As a result of Martin's leadership, research, and teaching, the discipline of infection control flourished. All infection control professionals have benefited immensely from Martin's developmental work and I can safely say `so has the world.' He has achieved national and international recognition as an investigator and authority in infection control, disinfection and sterilization, and environmental microbiology. Martin truly deserves to have this award established in his name and to be the first recipient."

According to APIC president Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, it is a privilege to honor Favero and his esteemed career in infection control. "APIC and its associated research foundation and certification board are dedicated to the professional development of infection control professionals around the world," Soule said. "Through tributes such as the Martin S. Favero Lectureship Award, we seek to recognize those professionals devoted to infection control and epidemiology. We work to foster an environment where the pursuit of excellence in infection control is encouraged and supported."

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology is a multidisciplinary, voluntary, international organization. APIC promotes wellness and prevents illness and infection worldwide by advancing healthcare epidemiology through education, collaboration, research, practice, and credentialing. For more information, visit the APIC Web site at www.apic.org

APIC's 30th annual education and international meeting will take place

June 8-12, 2003 at the San Antonio Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The international symposium, "Disinfection, Sterilization, and Antisepsis: Practices, Challenges, and New Research Principles," will be held June 12-13, 2003. Favero's lecture is scheduled for Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 1 p.m.

Source: APIC

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