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Franklin A. Neva papers 1944-1990
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Biography

Biographical/Historical Note

Virologist, parasitologist, clinician and scientist who directed the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. At the Harvard School of Public Health in the 1960s he helped isolate the rubella virus, which caused thousands of serious birth defects annually. Beginning early in his career and continuing into the later years, Dr. Neva worked in tropical countries over extensive periods, doing clinical and laboratory studies in collaboration with local scientists. While serving in a Navy and Army medical research unit, he did clinical research in Egypt on typhoid fever. Later, at the University of Pittsburgh's medical school, he conducted research toward developing a successful polio vaccine with Jonas Salk. Came to the National Institutes of Health in 1969 from Harvard, where he was a professor of tropical diseases at the School of Public Health. As chief of the parasitic diseases laboratory, Dr. Neva emphasized research on the biology of parasites and the human response to parasitic infections.