The American College of Epidemiology is an organization of epidemiologists that serves the interests of the profession and its members through advocating for issues pertinent to epidemiology, a credential-based admission and promotion process, sponsorship of scientific meetings, publications and educational activities, and recognizing outstanding contributions to the field.
Mervyn Susser, in memoriam
Mervyn Susser (September 26, 1921-August 14, 2014) was a South African physician who began his career practicing medicine in the community and then, following his migration to England, shifted to working in social and preventive medicine at the University of Manchester. In 1966, he joined Columbia University to direct its epidemiology program. On stepping down from that role in 1978, he established the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, which focused on psychiatric and neuroepidemiology, quickly building it into one of the outstanding global programs. On retirement in 1990, he directed his considerable energies against the HIV epidemic. A notable interest was the epidemic as it manifested in his native South Africa. In 2004, an auditorium in the Doris Duke Research Institute, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal was dedicated to him and his wife Zena. (read more)