Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla honoured with 2020 Mahathir Science Award Winner in Tropical Medicine

Alumnus, Sir Alimuddin Zumla, Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at University College London; and Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, has been honoured with the prestigious 2020 Mahathir Science Award in Tropical Medicine.

The Mahathir Science Award Foundation said that Sir Alimuddin was selected as the recipient of this award on the basis of his illustrious career in infectious diseases and tropical medicine. Sir Alimuddin is a global leader in the field of infectious diseases and has made very significant contributions to the fields of TB, TB/HIV co-infection and other infections with epidemic potential. He was honoured with a Knighthood by Her Majesty The Queen in her 2017 Birthday Honours List for his exceptional services to public health and infectious diseases.

Sir Alimuddin studied for an MSc in Clinical Tropical Medicine at LSHTM graduating in 1982 with a distinction and was awarded the Murgratroyd Prize for the best student that year. He later returned to LSHTM to study his PhD, graduating in 1987 and was awarded the Alan Woodruff Medal for best PhD. Sir Alimuddin Zumla also served as a member of the LSHTM Court of Governors from 2007 to 2014.

Sir Alimuddin shared his delight on hearing the news of the award. “I feel extremely honoured to have been recognised by such an illustrious selection committee as the recipient of the prestigious 2020 Mahathir Science Award. It is truly very humbling to be recognised by a scientific body of great repute from within the Asian region.”

“I have always believed that impact on the community and disadvantaged  populations should be the driving force underlying any research and I hope that it will encourage my peers and the younger generation scientists to focus on more impact-driven research initiatives to advance the tropical field, be it in the area of medicine, agriculture, architecture, engineering, natural resources, animal or environmental health.” 

Congratulations Sir Alimuddin on your award, we are honoured to have you as part of our alumni community and wish you continued success in the future.

Image courtesy of Professor Jamshed Bomanji, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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