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Dr Anthony Fauci awarded an Honorary Fellowship by UCD School of Medicine

Posted 18 April, 2024

Professor Orla Feely, UCD President; Dr Anthony Fauci; Professor Michael Keane, Dean of Medicine, Head of UCD School of Medicine

For a career that saw America and the world through some of the greatest health crises, Dr Anthony Fauci has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship, the highest honour that the UCD School of Medicine can confer.

At an intimate event at Belfield attended by 40 guests, predominantly those working in the infectious diseases field, UCD School of Medicine’s Professor Mary Horgan explained the incredible contributions made by Dr Fauci during his time as National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director in the United States from 1984 to 2022.

“His major contribution to science and medicine and his leadership and dedication to public service is being recognised with the awarding of an Honorary Fellowship,” she said. 

“Dr Fauci’s work in the field of infectious diseases and immunology has contributed to major breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of diseases. He is a role model for our students and lives by our values of excellence, integrity, innovation, and service to our global community.’’

Professor Orla Feely, UCD President; Dr Christine Grady (Dr Fauci's wife); Dr Anthony Fauci; Professor Michael Keane, Dean of Medicine, Head of UCD School of Medicine; Professor Mary Horgan, Professor of Infectious Diseases, UCD School of Medicine  

Dr Fauci was a key advisor to seven US Presidents on global HIV/AIDS issues, and on initiatives to bolster public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats.

During his near four decades as NIAI Director he oversaw an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and emerging diseases such as Ebola, Zika and COVID-19. 

He led the NIAID research effort on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, including autoimmune disorders, asthma, and allergies and is one of the most cited authors in the field. 

Welcoming Dr Fauci and highlighting the strong links between Ireland and the US and the importance of this continuing close relationship, UCD President (opens in a new window)Professor Orla Feely said it was a great pleasure to have Dr Fauci at UCD “to honour his achievements”. 

“The links between UCD and the United States in research and education, including those of UCD School of Medicine, are very important to us, and we will grow these as part of the UCD North America Engagement Strategy, launched last week.”

Dean of UCD School of Medicine, Professor Michael Keane, added: ‘‘It was an honour to have Dr Fauci here on campus… The field of medicine is lucky to have someone with [his] level of leadership, vision, curiosity, and eternal optimism.’’ 

Previous recipients of UCD School of Medicine Honorary Fellowships include Dr Tony Smurfit, Dr Rhona Mahony, Dr Bernard Kinane, and Mr Tom Lynch.

By:David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations (with materials from Anna Truman, UCD School of Medicine).

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