Programme for Global Paediatric Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health

Programme for Global Paediatric Research Award For Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health

Presented by The Programme for Global Paediatric Research, Centre for Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

The PGPR Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health is a means by which we honour and profile outstanding research achievements in global child health, especially work that has been conducted in developing regions.

We are delighted to announce Mark W. Kline, M.D. as the recipient of the 2014 Programme for Global Paediatric Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health. Dr. Kline is an internationally respected leader in pediatric HIV/AIDS and global child health, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and the Ralph D. Feigin Chair and Physician-in-Chief of Texas Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Kline was chosen as this year’s recipient based on his hugely important contribution to changing the global child health landscape through capacity-building, leadership training and program implementation focused on revolutionizing the care of children in developing countries with HIV/AIDS.

A long-time researcher in pediatric HIV/AIDS, Dr. Kline has been the recipient and principal investigator for more than $50 million in research grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  He has authored more than 250 scientific articles and textbook chapters and has presented over 350 national and international lectures on subjects related to infectious diseases of children and global child health.  He directs international research for the NIH-funded BCM Center for AIDS Research and is principal investigator for BCM’s NIH-funded Child Health Research Center and AIDS International Training and Research Program.

Dr. Kline is the founder and President of the BCM International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at Texas Children’s Hospital, an ambitious program that encompasses HIV/AIDS care and treatment and health professional education and training programs across sub-Saharan Africa, Libya and Romania.  BIPAI provides HIV/AIDS treatment to more children than any other organization worldwide.  

Dr. Kline is Chair of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society International Affairs Committee and past-Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric AIDS.  He is certified in both pediatrics and infectious diseases by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Kline received a B.A. degree (summa cum laude) in biology from Trinity University in 1979.  He received his M.D. degree with Honors from Baylor College of Medicine in 1981, completed a residency in pediatrics at BCM and Texas Children’s Hospital in 1985, having served as Chief Resident in Pediatrics, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at BCM and Texas Children’s.  His many honors and awards include the Dag Hammarksjold Award from the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (1998), the Association of American Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award (2002), the Annual Award in HIV/AIDS of the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention (2006), the Distinguished Faculty Award of Baylor College of Medicine (2007), the Medical Award of Excellence from Ronald McDonald House Charities (2007), the Distinguished Alumnus Award of Trinity University (2008), the Millie and Richard Brock Award of the New York Academy of Medicine (2009), the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Public Service (2010) and the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program’s Annual Humanitarian Award (2013).  He is listed in Who’s Who in America and U.S. News Top Doctors.   

The PGPR Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health 2014 will be presented at the 2014 PGPR Symposium, Global Child Health in Rich and Poor Countries: Lessons Learned from Indigenous Health Research and Practise, May 3, 2014, in conjunction with the 2014 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS)/Asian Society for Pediatric Research (ASPR) Joint Meeting, May 3-6, 2014, Vancouver, Canada. 

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The Programme for Global Paediatric Research works with researchers, societies, NGOs and governments throughout the world to address global health issues affecting infants and children. PGPR informs, educates, facilitates international research cooperation and collaboration, and advocates for research to improve the health of all children.