Yale Public Health Professor Named 2006 Guggenheim Fellow

Alison Galvani

Alison Galvani, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale School of Medicine, has been named the youngest recipient of the 2006  Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. 

Guggenheim Fellows are appointed not only on the basis of distinguished achievements, but also on the promise of exceptional future accomplishments. Galvani was awarded the Fellowship based on her current research on the development models to better understand how people decide to get vaccinated. Vaccination protects not only the people who are vaccinated, but others in the community who are thereby less likely to catch the disease. Conversely, when people choose not to get vaccinated, they take on a risk to themselves and put others in their family and community at risk.

Galvani will develop strategies for flu vaccination, examining how people choose whether to be vaccinated and the effect of their choices on others in their community. Her work will inform vaccine allocation and adherence promotion strategies that minimize the public health burden of vaccine-preventable diseases.

“I am honored and delighted to receive this award. It will greatly facilitate our interdisciplinary application of epidemiology, psychology and economics to improve public health strategies,” said Galvani.

The 2006 Fellowship winners include 187 artists, scholars and scientists selected from almost 3,000 applicants for awards totaling $7.5 million. Decisions are based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisors and are approved by the Foundation’s board of trustees, which includes six members who are past Fellows of the Foundation.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation was established in 1925 by former United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife in memory of their son.  The Foundation supports individuals in the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and creative arts.

Visit online for a complete listing of the 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship winners and for the Guggenheim Foundation press release.

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