Dr. Karel Schat of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine was presented with a lifetime achievement award "in recognition of outstanding research and contributions to poultry health" at the 5th International Workshop on the Molecular Pathogenesis of Marek's Disease Virus.

The award, Schat's fifth relating to his work in poultry health, is meant to honor all his accomplishments in the field, including his work on Marek's disease. “This award is a fitting capstone to [Schat's] scientific career,” said Dr. Avery August, chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology to which Schat belongs. “I believe that it illustrates the esteem with which his colleagues view him and his work in avian health research, particularly his work on Marek’s disease."

Schat's other awards include the Beecham Award for Research Excellence, the Upjohn Achievement Award for distinguished contributions in avian medicine, the Bart Rispens Research Award in recognition of an outstanding research contribution in the field of avian pathology, the Pfizer Award for Excellence in Poultry Research and the Merck Award for Achievement in Poultry Science.