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Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia: China Honors Dr. Ian Lipkin, Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity

The government of China honored Dr. Ian Lipkin with a medal recognizing his profound impact on their country. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Lipkin, the John Snow Professor of Epidemiology and director of CII at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, has worked closely with scientists and officials in China to strengthen its public health system.

At the January 3 ceremony in the Chinese Consulate in New York, Counsel General Ping Huang presented Dr. Lipkin with the medal which was issued from the Central Government, Central Military Commission, and the State Council. Among attendees were Columbia Mailman School Dean Linda P. Fried and members of China’s Counsel of Science and Technology.

“It is a great honor to receive this medal,” said Dr. Lipkin. “I will cherish it as a reminder of my dear friends and colleagues in China and all we have accomplished together for the health of the Chinese people and all people around the world.”

At the height of the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak, Dr. Lipkin was invited by senior Chinese officials to assess the epidemic, identify gaps in science, and develop a strategy for containing the virus. Once contained, Dr. Lipkin helped develop the institutional infrastructure so China could detect and rapidly respond to emerging infectious threats. Today, he continues to serve as a consultant and visiting professor. Last year, the Chinese Academy of Sciences awarded funding for a collaborative project between CII and Sun Yat-Sen University in zoonotic diseases.

In 2016, Dr. Lipkin was honored with the China International Science and Technology Cooperation Award, presented in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, presided by President Xi Jinping.

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