The Georgia Public Health Association is now accepting applications for the Sellers-McCroan Award. The Award is presented annually to an individual whose work has had significant impact on epidemiology and/or laboratory services at the state, district or county levels; in academia; or in hospitals.
Nominations will be accepted through November 16, 2010.
Completed nomination forms can be submitted electronically to email@example.com.
The Award recipient will be announced at the 2010 Sellers-McCroan luncheon. The date of the luncheon is to-be-determined and an announcement will be forthcoming.
The Sellers-McCroan luncheon is held annually to honor the memory of Thomas Fort Sellers, Sr., M.D., and John Edgar McCroan, Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Sellers worked in public health in the state of Georgia for 42 years. He actively supported the increased scope of the Centers for Disease Control to include research in communicable diseases. His most significant contribution to public health was the development of the “Sellers Stain” which provided a breakthrough in rapid diagnosis of rabies and continues to be used internationally.
Dr. McCroan worked as a public health epidemiologist in Georgia for 35 years. He was intimately involved with the control of 60 reportable diseases in Georgia. He conducted research leading to the control of foodborne diseases, staphylococcal infections, encephalitis and several zoonotic infections. He directed the immunization program in Georgia for a number of years, and through his leadership such childhood diseases as polio, diphtheria and whooping cough were drastically reduced.
During the luncheon, the prestigious Sellers-McCroan Award is given to a public health professional from the state of Georgia.