Definition of La Montagne, John

Reviewed on 6/3/2021

La Montagne, John: (1945-2004) Medical scientist and administrator who helped develop numerous vaccines and made significant contributions to the international effort against emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. He played a central role in the organization of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria, an international effort involving agencies in many countries. He was involved in the development of the swine flu vaccine, whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine, AID medicines, and vaccines against childhood diarrhea and pneumonia. A native of Mexico City, Mexico, LaMontagne received his PhD from Tulane University in 1971 and in 1976 came to National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he rose to deputy director. La Montagne died suddenly in Mexico City at age 61.


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