Fort Lauderdale, Fla., June 5, 2013 – Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, CIC, of New York, N.Y., was named the first recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
The award, which was presented for the first time at APIC’s 40th Annual Conference June 8-10 in Fort Lauderdale, will be given annually to an infection preventionist (IP) who has made a significant and sustained contribution to infection prevention science and who exemplifies scholarly excellence and IP leadership within the scientific community.
“We are pleased to recognize Dr. Larson with this honor as she is one of our strongest mentors in helping others cement science into practice,” said APIC 2013 President Patti Grant, RN, BSN, MS, CIC. “Her dedication, contributions, and leadership in the science of infection prevention have helped to validate and enrich the practice nationally and internationally, as well as move APIC’s mission forward.”
Dr. Larson, associate dean for Research and Anna C. Maxwell professor of Nursing Research, Columbia University School of Nursing, has published more than 200 journal articles, four books, and a number of book chapters on infection prevention, epidemiology, and clinical research and consults in infection control and nursing both nationally and internationally. She has served as editor of the American Journal of Infection Control, APIC’s official scientific journal, since 1994.
Dr. Larson’s research in hand hygiene and compliance among other topics have been put her at the forefront of implementation science movement to promote better health and healthcare.
The APIC 2013 Annual Conference, June 8-10 in Fort Lauderdale, is the most comprehensive infection prevention conference in the world, with 90 educational sessions and workshops led by infection prevention experts and attended by more than 4,500 individuals. The conference aims to provide infection preventionists with tools and strategies that are easily adaptable and can be implemented immediately to improve prevention programs. The Twitter hashtag #APIC2013 was used for the meeting.
APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 14,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. Follow APIC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apic.