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Sharon Hrynkow Appointed President of the Global Virus Network (GVN): GVN Recruits Senior Global Health Official

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dr. Sharon Hrynkow, President, Global Virus Network (GVN)
 

Baltimore, MD: The Global Virus Network (GVN) today announced the appointment of Dr. Sharon Hrynkow as President of the GVN, a coalition of the world’s leading medical virology research centers working to prevent illness and death from viral disease.  Dr. Hrynkow’s distinguished career in public service has spanned 20 years, including leadership roles at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. State Department, and the United Nations Foundation.  The announcement was made today by Dr. Robert C. Gallo, co-founder of the GVN and Chair of GVN’s Scientific Leadership Board.  Dr. Gallo also serves as Director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

“Dr. Hrynkow brings outstanding scientific and management skills, which will be critical in moving GVN to the next level,” said Dr. Gallo on behalf of the Board of Directors. “She has envisioned, implemented and contributed to major global health programs and policies which have impacted the health of people worldwide.  Her experience and insights will be invaluable as GVN works with colleagues around the world to combat emerging viral challenges.”  

As GVN President, Dr. Hrynkow will grow and diversify the organization’s funding base, forge new ties with public and private sector groups, and work with the scientific teams to implement research and training paradigms to meet GVN goals.   Among her first priorities include the expansion of fellowship and exchange programs among GVN’s 30 centers of excellence in more than 20 countries and the establishment of seed funding for innovative and international collaborative projects on high-risk pathogens.

“The need for a Global Virus Network linking the world’s greatest medical virologists is urgent,” said GVN President Dr. Hrynkow.  “This is a time when the global community is becoming increasingly aware of the need for biomedical research and training in order to combat pandemic threats from viral disease.  I could not be more thrilled to be asked by Bob Gallo and his esteemed colleagues to lead the GVN at such a critical time.”  

Prior to joining GVN, Dr. Hrynkow served in a range of positions at the National Institutes of Health, including as Deputy Director of the Fogarty International Center (FIC, 2000-2007), Acting Director of FIC (2004 – 2006) and Associate Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (2007-2009).  Between 2010 and 2012, she served as Counselor and Senior Scientist in the Secretary of State’s Office of Science and Technology and as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment and Science. She has advised numerous non-profit groups, including Medical Missions for Children, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Environment, Research and Medicine.  Dr. Hrynkow has received many awards and recognitions for her contributions to global health, including the U.S. President’s Merit Award for Senior Executives and the King of Norway’s Order of Merit.  She is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Throughout her career, Dr. Hrynkow has served as a champion for advancement of women and girls in science worldwide. 

About Global Virus Network (GVN)

The Global Virus Network (GVN) is a non-profit, 501(C)(3) organization, comprised of leading medical virologists from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.  The GVN’s mission is to combat emerging pandemic viral threats through international collaborative research, training the next generation of medical virologists, and advocacy.  For more information, please contact Nora Grannell at ngrannell@gvn.org.