Rubens named holder of Pediatric Infectious Disease Reseearch Chair
Craig Rubens has been named the first holder of the Children's Hospital Guild Association Endowed Chair in Pediatrics Infectious Disease Research.
Rubens is a UW professor of pediatrics and chief of infectious diseases, immunology, and rheumatology at Children's Hospital in Seattle. He is also a research affiliate at the UW Center on Human Development and Disability.
Children's Guild Association raised $1.5 million to establish the chair. Kandance Holley, chair of the Guild Association Board of Trustees, noted that the guilds' ability to endow the chair, as well as meet other commitments to the hospital, is a testament to the dedication of each of the 7,500 guild members.
Rubens studies how Group B Streptococcus infects pregnant women and newborns. The pathogen can cause newborn death or neurological damage. The bacterium is also implicated in premature birth. Ruben is identifying virulence factors, some of which might be targets for a vaccine or new antibiotics.