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    Martin J. Blaser, director, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and Henry Rutgers Chair of the Human Microbiome Professor, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was awarded the 2019 Robert Koch Gold Medal by the Robert Koch Foundation in recognition of his outstanding life’s work as a scientist. Blaser was also recently honored by the King and Queen of the Netherlands with a special invitation to serve as the keynote speaker at the Palace Symposium in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam in November. This high-profile meeting focused on the microbiome and its medical implications.