The Gale and Ira Drukier Prize in Children’s Health Research honors an early career pediatrician whose research has made important contributions towards improving the health of children and/or adolescents. Eligible candidates must hold an MD or MD/PhD degree, have completed clinical pediatric training, hold an academic appointment at a medical school, research institute, or academic health center, and should have started their first faculty position no earlier than ten years prior to the deadline. The Drukier Prize carries a $10,000 unrestricted honorarium, includes an award and reception in honor of the awardee, and provides the awardee with the opportunity to present a seminar at the Drukier Institute. This year, the tremendous merit of the applicant pool in both basic research and health services research prompted the internal review committee to revisit the Drukier Prize. This resulted in the selection of two truly outstanding pediatric physician scientists to receive the prize in the fields of Infectious Diseases and Neonatal Opioid Exposure Epidemiology.
To date, the Drukier Prize has been awarded to the following physician-investigators:
Stephen Patrick, M.D.
Director, Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy
Division of Neonatology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2020)
Sallie Permar, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Immunology, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Associate Dean of Physician Scientist Development, Duke University School of Medicine (2020)