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Tuesday, 02 April, 2013

M.I.T. Professor and Veterinarian James G. Fox Receives AAVMC Excellence in Research Award

Washington, D.C., April 2, 2013  -- Dr. James G. Fox from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has received the 2013 AAVMC Excellence in Research Award from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Dr. Fox, a veterinarian, is the director of MIT’s Division of Comparative Medicine and a professor in the Department of Biological Engineering.  He is also an adjunct professor in the schools of veterinary medicine at Tufts University and the University of Pennsylvania.

The award was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding research and scholarly achievements in the profession of veterinary medicine. It honors those who demonstrate excellence in original research, leadership in the scientific community, and mentoring of trainees and colleagues in any discipline of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Fox, who received the award on March 8 at the AAVMC’s 2013 Annual Conference, has studied infectious diseases of the gastrointestinal tract for the past 35 years, focusing on the pathogenesis of Campylobacter spp. and Helicobacter spp. infection in humans and animals.

He is the author of over 560 scholarly articles, 80 chapters, and four patents, and served on the editorial board of several journals. He has edited and authored 13 texts in the field of in vivo model development and comparative medicine and has given over 250 invited lectures, consulting nationally and internationally with government, academia, and industry.

Professor Fox was elected to the Institute of Medicine in the National Academy of Sciences in 2004.

Fox is a diplomate and a past president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, past president of the Massachusetts Society of Medical Research, past chairman of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International Council, past chairman of the National Center for Research Resources Comparative Medicine Study Section, past president of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, and current chairman of the National Association of Biomedical Research.

“Dr. Fox is a consummate researcher,” said Dr. Deborah Kochevar, AAVMC president and dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. “While devoting attention to so many areas of his profession, he has continued to make remarkable contributions in his laboratory.”

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include all 33 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, eight departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, 12 international colleges of veterinary medicine, and three affiliate members.  On the Web:

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