Janine Jagger ’72 has been
named one of 24 MacArthur Fellows for 2002 for her work in
protecting health-care workers from the transmission of bloodborne
Janine, 52, an epidemiologist,
is the Becton Dickinson Professor of Health Care Worker Safety
at the University of Virginia, where she founded and directs
the International Health Care Worker Safety Center within
the School of Medicine.
As early as 1985, she began
to study the incidence of needlestick injuries and transmission
of disease among health-care workers, collecting raw data
from hospitals and other health agencies—the government
kept no statistics on such cases—to assess psychological
damage as well as the transmission of AIDS, hepatitis, and
other bloodborne diseases. By the early 1990s, she and a team
of researchers had determined that needlestick injuries were
less the fault of careless medical personnel than of poorly
designed needles and other common clinical tools. Her team
now holds patents on six newly designed tools for obtaining
blood. She also directed development of the Exposure Prevention
Information Network (EPINet), an on-line tracking system for
health-care worker exposure data, subscribed to by more than
1,500 American and foreign hospitals.
was instrumental in passage of the Needlestick Safety and
Prevention Act (2000), an amendment and update to the bloodborne
pathogen standards of a 1970 Occupational Health and Safety
At Moravian, she majored in
psychology. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree
from the University of Pittsburgh (1974) and a Ph.D. in epidemiology
(1987) from the University of Virginia, where she has been
a member of the medical school faculty since 1978.
Her honors include a Distinguished Inventor Award (1988) from
Intellectual Property Owners and the Henderson Inventor of
the Year Award (1996) from the University of Virginia Patent
Foundation, as well as an Excellence in Research Award (1998)
from the Association of Operating Room Nurses.
That invention trait of hers
may be genetic. Her great-grandfather, William Arthur Stewart,
patented a submarine detector in 1917.
She is married to another member of the medical faculty, Patrice
Guyenet, who is French. They live in Charlottes-ville and
have two children.
Janine Jagger '72, an epidemiologist at the University
of Virginia, is named a MacArthur Fellow for 2002.
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