APIC showcases the most significant scientific abstracts during the Annual Conference and recognizes the achievements of researchers and infection preventionists whose studies and presentations advance the practice. Watch a video highlighting our APIC 2019 Research Award Recipients!

Blue Ribbon Abstract Award

Awarded to a limited number of abstracts based on the scientific and/or educational quality of the abstract.

2020 Recipients:

Nicole Russo, BSN, RN, CIC
Portland VA Healthcare System
Portland, OR
Rapid multidisciplinary infection control approach after identification of a hospital-acquired mucormycosis infections

Jingjing Shang, PhD, RN, OCN
Columbia University School of Nursing
New York, NY
State of infection prevention and control in home healthcare agencies

Michal Stachura, RN, MSc(A)
Montreal Children’s Hospital
McGill University Health Centre
Montreal, Quebec
Epidemiologic investigation of an outbreak of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus in a tertiary care neonatal intensive care unit

New Investigator Abstract Award

Recognizes the excellent work of members who are new to the research field.

2020 Recipient:

Randall Collins, BSN, RN
Carilion Clinic
Roanoke, VA
Using carbon dioxide as a tracer gas to determine air changes per hour in ambulances

William A. Rutala Abstract Award

Awarded to the best abstract presented during the conference on disinfection, sterilization, or antisepsis.

Best International Abstract Award

This award spotlights research within the international healthcare community.

2020 Recipient:

Carly Rebelo, MSc, CIC
University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario
Central line-associated blood stream infection incidence and outcomes in a large autologous and allogeneic bone marrow transplant cohort

Implementation Science Abstract Award

This award recognizes an abstract that promotes the integration of research findings and evidence into health care policy and practice.

2020 Recipient:

Jennifer D. Burrell, MHS, CIC
OrthoColorado Hospital
Lakewood, CO
A multidisciplinary approach to leveraging data and implementing change: a reduction in emergency department foley catheter insertions

APIC-AJIC Award for Publication Excellence

The award for publication excellence recognizes an author who has published an article in the American Journal of Infection Control which was widely read and cited during the previous year.

2020 Recipients:

The epidemiology of nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia in the United States

Karen K. Giuliano PhD, RN, FAAN 
Northeastern University, Boston, MA, Department  of Nursing, Hallmark Health, Medford, MA, and Sage Products, Stryker Medical
Cary, IL 

Dian Baker PhD, RN, APRN-BC 
School of Nursing, California State University 
Sacramento, CA 

Barbara Quinn MSN, RN, ACNS-BC 
Department of Nursing, Sutter Medical Center 
Sacramento, CA