University of Michigan
Advancing Global Public Health

"Alfred Sommer’s work has improved the lives of millions of people worldwide, and his commitment to public health is an exceptional display of research, science and compassion. We are delighted to present him with the Francis Medal."

—U-M President Mary Sue Coleman

Current Recipient:
Alfred Sommer
First Recipient:
William Foege (2005)


Medal Presentation Event

Alfred Sommer
Alfred Sommer

Presentation of the Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health to Alfred Sommer, M.D., M.H.S.

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 2-4 p.m., Blau Auditorium, Ross School of Business
A reception followed the event

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Sommer addressed “Vitamin A Deficiency, Health and Mortality”

Followed by a panel discussion featuring:

Anil B. Deolalikar, professor of economics and associate dean, social sciences; Co-Director of the One Health Center, University of California Global Health Institute
Kathy Spahn, president and CEO, Helen Keller International
Eduardo Villamor, associate professor of environmental health sciences and epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health

You can also view "The A Factor: Highlights" video introduction of Dr. Alfred Sommer, his work, and discovery at the YouTube link below. The A Factor: Highlights was produced and provided by Steven C. F. Anderson, Anderson Productions, Ltd.