Awards : Hall of Fame Award

Carl R. Alving, M.D. ’66

A member of the Class of ’66, Dr. Alving recently retired from his civilian post with the Department of the Army as a research investigator at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and is currently Emeritus Senior Scientist in the Laboratory of Adjuvant and Antigen Research with the U.S. Military HIV Research Program.

He was also adjunct professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD.

During his distinguished career, Dr. Alving created adjuvants for many types of experimental vaccines, including vaccines for malaria, HIV, meningococcal infection, heroin addiction, biological threat agents, and prostate and intestinal cancer. He holds 31 U.S. patents.

Dr. Alving is the co-inventor of the needle-free transcutaneous immunization, a technology that is being commercially developed for vaccination by skin patch. He also developed an early successful application of liposomes as drug carriers for treatment of leishmaniosis.

Among his numerous honors and awards, the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, which he was awarded in 2017 and is the highest award that can be presented to a civilian by the Secretary of the Army. Dr. Alving also served on active duty in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1970 to 2000, and retired as a colonel.

His longtime passion for research carried over to the Alving Endowed Award, which he created with wife Barbara Alving, M.D. and which recognizes the Miller School medical student with the most promising or best research accomplishment.