Dr. Ilaria Capua, an avian influenza expert at the University of Florida, has received two key international awards for career excellence.
A professor in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of environmental and global health, UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Capua is the recipient of the 2018 Gerolamo Cardano International Gold Medal from the University of Pavia in Italy. The medal is awarded each year to researchers who have made outstanding contributions to either social and applied sciences or liberal and applied arts, including research that has or could have a significant influence on the world.
The medal is given in recognition of professional excellence in the area of virology and public health. At the award presentation in June at the University of Pavia, Dr. Capua delivered a lecture on the topic of embracing or undergoing change.
Earlier in June, Dr. Capua received the Marisa Bellisario Foundation’s Golden Apple International Award in recognition of her career achievements. This award is given annually to women for exceptional achievements in the pursuit of human rights, peace, solidarity and freedom. Founded by Ms. Lella Golfo in 1989, the Bellisario Foundation promotes the professionalism of women in the public and private sectors, recognizing their excellence in the fields of entrepreneurship, business, science and public administration.
Dr. Capua is the director of UF’s One Health Center of Excellence for Research and Training and is a member of the university’s Emerging Pathogens Institute.