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ALBERT BRUCE SABIN (born ALBERT SAPERSTEIN; August 26, 1906 – March 3, 1993) was a Polish American
Polish American
medical researcher, best known for developing the oral polio vaccine which has played a key role in nearly eradicating the disease .

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life * 2 Polio research * 3 Later life * 4 Philanthropy * 5 Honors and awards * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 Further reading * 9 External links

EARLY LIFE

Sabin was born in Białystok
Białystok
, Poland
Poland
, then part of the Russian Empire , to Polish-Jewish parents, Jacob Saperstein and Tillie Krugman. In 1921, he emigrated with his family to America. In 1930, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States
United States
and changed his name to Sabin, as well as assuming the middle name Bruce.

Sabin received a medical degree from New York University
New York University
in 1931. He trained in internal medicine, pathology, and surgery at Bellevue Hospital in New York City
New York City
from 1931–1933. In 1934, he conducted research at The Lister Institute for Preventive Medicine in England, then joined the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now Rockefeller University
Rockefeller University
). During this time, he developed an intense interest in research, especially in the area of infectious diseases . In 1939, he moved to Cincinnati Children\'s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio . During World War II, he was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and helped develop a vaccine against Japanese encephalitis . Maintaining his association with Children's Hospital, by 1946, he had also become the head of Pediatric Research at the University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
. At Cincinnati's Children's Hospital, Sabin supervised the fellowship of Robert M. Chanock , whom he called his "star scientific son."

Sabin went on a fact-finding trip to Cuba in 1967 to discuss with Cuban officials the possibility of establishing a collaborative relationship between the United States
United States
and Cuba through their respective national academies of sciences, in spite of the fact that the two countries did not have formal diplomatic ties.

In 1969–72, he lived and worked in Israel
Israel
as the President of Weizmann Institute of Science
Weizmann Institute of Science
in Rehovot
Rehovot
. After his return to the United States, he worked (1974–82) as a research professor at the Medical University of South Carolina . He later moved to Washington, D.C. area, where he was a resident scholar at the John E. Fogarty International Center on the NIH
NIH
campus in Bethesda, Maryland
Bethesda, Maryland
. Sabin (right) with Robert C. Gallo, M.D., circa 1985

POLIO RESEARCH

With the menace of polio growing, Sabin and other researchers, most notably Jonas Salk
Jonas Salk
in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
and Hilary Koprowski and Herald Cox in New York City
New York City
and Philadelphia
Philadelphia
, sought a vaccine to prevent or mitigate the illness. The Sabin vaccine is an oral vaccine containing weakened forms of strains of polio viruses. In 1955, Salk's "killed" vaccine was released for use. It was effective in preventing most of the complications of polio, but did not prevent the initial intestinal infection. The Sabin vaccine is easier to give than the earlier vaccine developed by Salk in 1954, and its effects last longer. Sabin first tested his live attenuated oral vaccine at the Chillicothe Ohio Reformatory in late 1954. From 1956–1960, he worked with Russian colleagues to perfect the oral vaccine and prove its extraordinary effectiveness and safety. The Sabin vaccine worked in the intestines to block the poliovirus from entering the bloodstream. In the intestines, Sabin had discovered, the poliovirus multiplied and attacked. Thus, the oral vaccine broke the chain of transmission of the virus and allowed for the possibility that polio might one day be eradicated.

Between 1955 and 1961, the oral vaccine was tested on at least 100 million people in the USSR, parts of Eastern Europe, Singapore, Mexico, and the Netherlands. The first industrial production and mass use of oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) from Sabin strains was organized by Soviet scientist Mikhail Chumakov . This provided the critical impetus for allowing large-scale clinical trials of OPV in the United States in April 1960 on 180,000 Cincinnati school children. The mass immunization techniques that Sabin pioneered with his associates effectively eradicated polio in Cincinnati. Against considerable opposition from the March of Dimes
March of Dimes
Foundation, which supported the relatively effective killed vaccine, Sabin prevailed on the Public Health Service to license his three strains of vaccine. While the PHS stalled, the USSR sent millions of doses of the oral vaccine to places with polio epidemics, such as Japan, and reaped the humanitarian benefit. Indeed, it was not clear to many that the vaccine was an American one, financed by U.S. dollars, as it was not widely available to ordinary Americans.

Sabin also developed vaccines against other viral diseases, including encephalitis and dengue . In addition, he investigated possible links between viruses and some forms of cancer .

LATER LIFE

In 1983, Sabin developed calcification of the cervical spine, which caused paralysis and intense pain. Sabin revealed in a television interview that the experience had made him decide to spend the rest of his life working on alleviating pain. This condition was successfully treated by surgery conducted at Johns Hopkins Hospital
Johns Hopkins Hospital
in 1992 when Sabin was 86. A year later, Sabin died in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
, from heart failure.

PHILANTHROPY

Sabin refused to patent his vaccine, waiving every commercial exploitation by pharmaceutical industries, so that the low price would guarantee a more extensive spread of the treatment. From the development of his vaccine Sabin didn't gain a single dollar, continuing to live on his salary as a professor.

HONORS AND AWARDS

The CARE/Crawley Building houses the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

* Election to the Polio Hall of Fame , which was dedicated in Warm Springs, Georgia , on January 2, 1958 * Robert Koch Prize (1962) * Feltrinelli Prize (1964) * Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award (1965) * National Medal of Science
National Medal of Science
(1970) * Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Medal of Freedom
(1986) * The Cincinnati Convention Center was named after Sabin from 1985 to 2006. * In 1999, Cincinnati Children\'s Hospital Medical Center named its new education and conference center for Sabin. * The street that runs between the University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center was renamed Albert Sabin
Albert Sabin
Way on April 28, 2000. * On March 6, 2006, the US Postal Service issued an 87-cent postage stamp bearing his image, in its Distinguished Americans series . * In early 2010, Sabin was proposed by the Ohio Historical Society as a finalist in a statewide vote for inclusion in Statuary Hall
Statuary Hall
at the United States
United States
Capitol . * In 2012, Albert Sabin
Albert Sabin
was named a "Great Ohioan" by the Capitol Square Foundation.

SEE ALSO

* Polio vaccine * Hilary Koprowski * Mikhail Chumakov * List of Poles

REFERENCES

Notes

* ^ Moreno, Barry (4 October 2017). "Ellis Island\'s Famous Immigrants". Arcadia Publishing. Retrieved 4 October 2017 – via Google Books. * ^ "The Legacy of Albert B. Sabin - Sabin". www.sabin.org. Retrieved 4 October 2017. * ^ " Albert Sabin
Albert Sabin
Biography - life, children, parents, death, school, information, born, college, siblings, time". www.notablebiographies.com. Retrieved 4 October 2017. * ^ Brown, Emma. "Robert M. Chanock, virologist who studied children\'s diseases, dies at 86", The Washington Post
The Washington Post
, August 4, 2010. Accessed August 9, 2010. * ^ Jiménez, Marguerite (June 9, 2014). "Epidemics and Opportunities for U.S.-Cuba Collaboration". Science & Diplomacy. 3 (2). * ^ Sabin A.B. (1987). "Role of my cooperation with Soviet scientists in the elimination of polio: possible lessons for relations between the U.S.A. and the USSR". Perspect Biol Med. 31 (1): 57–64. doi :10.1353/pbm.1987.0023 . PMID 3696960 . * ^ Benison S (1982). "International Medical Cooperation: Dr. Albert Sabin, Live Poliovirus Vaccine and the Soviets". Bulletin of the History of Medicine. 56: 460–83. * ^ Philip Boffey, Sabin, Paralyzed, Tells of Death Wish. In the New York Times, November 27, 1983. * ^ Ezra Bowen, The Doctor Whose Vaccine Saved Millions from Polio Battles Back from a Near-Fatal Paralysis. In People, July 2, 1984. * ^ Health Care; The Fight Against Death. Special
Special
comment by Keith Olbermann on Countdown, 2009-10-07. * ^ "News - Special
Special
Reports - Albert B. Sabin -- National Medal of Science 50th Anniversary - NSF - National Science Foundation". www.nsf.gov. Retrieved 4 October 2017. * ^ Bonfield, Tim (July 5, 1999). "Sabin has been snubbed before". The Cincinnati Enquirer . Gannett Company
Gannett Company
. Retrieved October 11, 2015. * ^ " Albert Sabin
Albert Sabin
Way to be dedicated". University Currents. www.uc.edu. April 21, 2000. Archived from the original on June 7, 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2016. * ^ USPS press release Archived 2006-09-30 at the Wayback Machine .. * ^ "Capitol Square Foundation press release". Retrieved 4 October 2017.

Bibliography

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Albert Sabin
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FURTHER READING

* The Myth of Jonas Salk: It was Albert Sabin’s vaccine, not Salk’s, that truly defeated polio. By Angela Matysiak July 1, 2005 MIT Technology Review
MIT Technology Review
* Archives holding his papers

EXTERNAL LINKS

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