• Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Institute for Human Virology

    Professors Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim, CAPRISA’s Director and Associate Scientific Director who are both Professors in Epidemiology at Columbia University and are honorary academics at the UKZN, received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Institute for Human Virology (IHV) on 25th October, in Baltimore, USA.

    The awards recognise their significant contributions to the global AIDS response over the past three decades. The awards were presented by Dr Robert Gallo, Director of IHV of the University of Maryland School of Medicine at the IHV’s 19th International meeting attended by leading scientists, researchers and government representatives across the globe.

    “To me, both renowned individuals have made some of the greatest contributions in the history of HIV/AIDS in public health and epidemiology relevant to prevention and care of infected people,” said Dr Robert Gallo Director of the IHV.

    “The University of KwaZulu- Natal is proud to congratulate its honorary academics, Professors Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim”, said UKZN Vice-Chancellor Dr Albert van Jaarsveld. “UKZN is honoured to be associated with these eminent researchers who have contributed immensely to the world’s understanding of the pathogenesis, epidemiology, and prevention of HIV,” he said.

    The awards evening comprised three functions; a symposium followed by a cocktail reception and culminated in a Gala Dinner. The symposium was chaired by Dr Redfield and Dr Adewole and had three presentations. The first speaker was Dr Quinn, who did a presentation in honour of Quarraisha. He was followed by Dr Martin, who did a  presentation in honour of Salim and Dr Fauci did the final presentation in honour of both Abdool Karims. The awards were formally made at the Gala Dinner by Dr Gallo.

    Photo: L-R: At the Awards Gala event held in Baltimore on 25th October, Prof Salim Abdool Karim, Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim and Dr Robert Gallo, Director of IHV at the University of Maryland, USA.

    L-R: John Martin (Gilead Sciences), Robert Gallo (IHV), Thomas Quinn (Johns Hopkins), Anthony Fauci (NIAID, NIH), Salim Abdool Karim (CAPRISA), Quarraisha Abdool Karim (CAPRISA), Isaac Adewole (Minister of Health – Nigeria), Robert Redfield (IHV)


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Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa

CAPRISA was created in 2001 and formally established in 2002 under the NIH-funded Comprehensive International Program of Research on AIDS (CIPRA) by five partner institutions; University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Cape Town, University of Western Cape, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, and Columbia University in New York. CAPRISA is a designated UNAIDS Collaborating Centre for HIV Prevention Research. The main goal of CAPRISA is to undertake globally relevant and locally responsive research that contributes to understanding HIV pathogenesis, prevention and epidemiology as well as the links between tuberculosis and AIDS care.