Conaway receives first annual Frost Decanter Award

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Conaway receives first annual Frost Decanter Award

Mark R. Conaway, PHD, Professor of Biostatistics & Epidemiology, has been named the first recipient of the Department of Public Health Sciences' Frost Decanter Award. The annual award is given to the DPHS researcher whose research proposal receives the "best" score from a peer reviewed competition. Dr. Conaway received the inaugural award this year because his R01 application for the improved design of Phase 1 trials received a perfect “1” in an NIH review.

In presenting the award, DPHS founding chair William A. Knaus, MD, described Conaway's "innovative work improving the design and execution of Phase 1 trials." The award consists of a plaque that will be displayed within the department with the recipient's name along with the right to have possession for the year of a glass decanter that was dedicated to the department by Professor Emeritus Jack Gwaltney, MD, UVA’s first Wade Hampton Frost Professor of Epidemiology. As related by Professor Robert Abbott, MPH, AM, PHD, who received the decanter from Professor Gwaltney, the decanter belonged to Frost and was given to Professor Gwaltney by Frost’s daughter.

Dr. Wade Hampton Frost (March 3, 1880-May 1, 1938) was born in Marshall, Virginia. He received his B.A. in 1901 and his M.D. in 1903, both from the University of Virginia. He was the first resident lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and was later Professor of Epidemiology and served as Dean of the School from 1931-1934. His work included seminal studies of the epidemiology of polio, influenza, diphtheria, and tuberculosis.

Dr. Frost is often considered to be the father of modern epidemiology, publishing a landmark paper that set the boundaries of modern epidemiology as an analytical science closely integrated with biology and medical science.

"Frost’s legacy represents a close analogy to the cutting edge translational research that now is one of the research emphasis of the DPHS," Knaus wrote in an announcement of the award. "Mark’s work is a great example of these efforts... Our sincere congratulations to Mark for receiving this award."

More information on Frost can be found on Wikipedia as well as the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health