Nancy Messonnier, MD, is the Director of the Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). Since starting her career in public health in 1995 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Deputy Director of Infectious Diseases (DDID), Dr. Messonnier has held several leadership positions at the CDC and nCIRD. She served as NCIRD’s Deputy Director from October 2014 to March 2016, and led the Meningitis and Vaccine Prevention Disease Branch in the NCIRD Division of Bacterial Diseases from 2007 to 2012.
Dr. Messonnier has provided critical leadership to CDC’s cross-cutting laboratory, global health, and surveillance initiatives. She has been an advocate for the prevention and control of bacterial meningitis in the United States, from drafting initial recommendations for the use of meningococcal polysaccharides vaccine directing to college, to introduction of meningococcal conjugate vaccines for routine use in adolescents. He also oversaw a family of studies exploring the resurgence of whooping cough in the United States and characterized the post-licensing effectiveness of acellular whooping cough vaccines. She played a key role in the successful public-private partnership to develop and implement a low-cost vaccine to prevent epidemic meningococcal meningitis in Africa. More than 150 million people in the African meningitis belt have been vaccinated with MenAfriVac since 2010, with a notable impact. Dr. Messonnier has also been a leader in THE preparation and response of the CDC to anthrax, including during the intentional release of anthrax in 2001 and in the evaluation of simplified schedules for the use of the authorized anthrax vaccine.
Dr. Messonnier has written more than 140 articles and chapters and received numerous awards. In 2011, he received the Philip Horne Award from NCIRD for his unparalleled scientific contributions, exceptional mentoring and staff development and in 2009 received the Federal Executive Board’s Exceptional Team of Excellence in Action for the Anthrax Vaccine Research.
Dr. Messonnier received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and mD from the University of Chicago School of Medicine. He completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
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