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Researcher collects lifetime achievement award

Professor Alimuddin Zumla has been presented with a lifetime achievement award for his research in infectious diseases, tropical medicine, particularly TB, HIV and respiratory diseases.

He was presented with the award at the 7th National Health Research Conference in Lusaka, Zambia. BRC-supported Professor Zumla is a Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at UCL and a Consultant in Infectious Diseases at UCLH. Whilst working at Rush Green Hospital in Romford he received international acclaim for rapidly identifying and notifying the first cases of the 1988 Legionnaires' Diseases outbreak which he traced back to the BBC Broadcasting House.

In addition to leading his own research group at UCL’s Royal Free campus he established the University of Zambia-University College London Medical School (UNZA-UCLMS) research and training project in 1994 in collaboration with his Zambian colleagues Professor Chifumbe Chintu and Dr Peter Mwaba, which has networked 12 African country institutions with 11 European ones with high impact research and training outputs.

Professor Zumla has over 400 publications to his name and is editor of 20 medical textbooks. Recent international prizes awarded to him include the Karolinska Institutet 2012 Science Prize, the University of Amsterdam Spinoza Leerstoel Award; the World Health Organisation stop TB Partnership Kochon Prize and Medal and the Grand Commander of the Order of Distinguished Services First Division by the President of Zambia for his outstanding contributions to infectious diseases research and capacity development in sub-Saharan Africa.

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