All the World’s Children

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Sallie Permar, M.D., Ph.D. ’97 knew from the start that she wanted to pursue scientific research at Davidson. Her undergraduate research mentors helped her discover a corollary passion: applying research to prevent disease in real patients, children in particular. In 2013, Permar made headlines with the discovery of a natural protein in breast milk that fights HIV.

Her current work centers on two viruses, and the havoc they can wreak in the health of infants around the globe: HIV and human cytomegalovirus, or HCMV. The latter is a herpes virus that can go unnoticed in healthy people, but can lead to birth defects and neurologic impairment in infants. A recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and The Society for Pediatric Research Young Investigator Award, among other distinctions, Permar is a Duke University Medical School research physician and associate professor of pediatrics.

Read the full profile of Dr. Sallie Permar in Davidson College new on March 31, 2014.

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