EDCTP Prizes 2018 awarded

EDCTP awarded its prizes for research excellence and the Pascoal Mocumbi Prize at the end of the opening ceremony of the Ninth Forum on Monday 17 September.

Dr Leonardo Simão and Prof. Marcel Tanner, the EDCTP High Representatives for Africa and Europe, presented the prizes to the award winners in an informal, merry and somewhat rushed ceremony. There were no long accolades or heartfelt thank-you’s. This was all good as the Prizes went to award winners well-established and well-known in the international and African research community.

The Pascoal Mocumbi Prize was awarded to Professor Souleymane Mboup.

Prof. Marcel Tanner, Dr Michael Makanga, Prof. Soleymane Mboup, and Dr Leonardo Simão

The prize is named after EDCTP’s first High Representative and former Prime Minister of Mozambique in special recognition of his outstanding contribution to fostering global partnerships in health research and his support for capacity strengthening in Africa. It is to be awarded to a senior scientist, or policy-maker or advocate for health and research from anywhere in the world. The prize of €50,000) serves to raise general awareness of the specific achievements of the award winner and the EDCTP2 programme.     

Prof. Souleymane Mboup is a pioneer in HIV research in Africa. His career spans more than 35 years and has been dedicated to HIV-related research and lecturing at the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar and partner universities across the world. He and a research team discovered the HIV-2 virus. Professor Mboup has contributed immensely to our present understanding of the diagnosis, transmission, natural history and pathogenesis of HIV. He represented Africa on the International AIDS Society’s Governing Council and served in leadership roles including team leader of the Senegalese AIDS Care Team at Harvard’s AIDS Institute Enhancing Care Initiative, and as the Senegalese coordinator for the Inter-University Convention (Harvard-Dakar-Tours-Limonges) for Research on Human Viruses and Related Diseases.

Prof. Mboup initiated the construction of a state-of-the-art facility, Institut de Recherche en Santé, de Surveillance Epidémiologique et de Formations (IRESSEF) that was officially launched by His Excellency Macky Sall, President of Senegal in June 2017. The wish of Professor Mboup is to build IRESSEF into a modern platform for the promotion of high-quality research and training in Africa. Prof Mboup has authored more than 250 publications and 20 books including the monumental and comprehensive AIDS in Africa. Prof Mboup has been the coordinator of the EDCTP Regional Network of Excellence for West Africa, WANETAM since its inception. He will be co-chairing the African Society for Laboratory Medicine 2018 conference to be held in Abuja, Nigeria in December 2018.

The prize is named after EDCTP’s first High Representative and former Prime Minister of Mozambique in special recognition of his outstanding contribution to fostering global partnerships in health research and his support for capacity strengthening in Africa. It is to be awarded to a senior scientist, or policy-maker or advocate for health and research from anywhere in the world. The prize of €50,000) serves to raise general awareness of the specific achievements of the award winner and the EDCTP2 programme.

Outstanding Female Scientist

Dr Leonardo Simão, Prof Gita Ramjee and Prof. Marcel Tanner


The Outstanding Female Scientist Prize was awarded to Professor Gita Ramjee (Chief Specialist Scientist and Director of the HIV Prevention Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council). Previously, due to her excellence in clinical research and capacity building, she was awarded a Life Time achievement award in HIV prevention by a panel of international peers. She is also a recipient of the South African MRC Gold award given for scientific excellence. The prize of €20,000 should be used to further the research programmes of the winner and may support activities towards training and mentorship of the future generation of researchers in Africa.

Scientific Leadership

Prof. Marcel Tanner, Prof. Keertan Dheda and Dr Leonardo Simão

Professor Keertan Dheda (Cape Town University, South Africa) received the Scientific Leadership Prize. His research work has focused on the epidemiology, diagnosis, and transmission Tuberculosis. He has published over 220 peer-reviewed papers (Scopus H index= 55) including 4 first or senior author original publications in The Lancet. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Scientific Award. This prize of €10,000 is awarded to an excellent scientist in Africa working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases (NIDs) within the scope of the EDCTP2 programme. The prize should be used to further research-related activities.

Outstanding Research Team

Prof. Marcel Tanner and Dr Leonardo Simão with the members of the CHAPAS team


The Outstanding Research Team Prize was awarded to the CHAPAS team (Children with HIV in Africa – Pharmacokinetics and Acceptability of Simple antiretroviral regimens) a large research group that accomplished over more than a decade several crucial HIV paediatric and adolescent treatment trials.

The prize was received by Professor Dianna Gibb, the team’s leader, accompanied by other CHAPAS team members present at the forum, including David Burger (The Netherlands) and Dr Cissy Kityo (Uganda). In the first plenary session of the Forum, right before the Prize ceremony, Dr Kityo delivered a thorough and impressive presentation on the achievements of the CHAPAS trials.

The prize is awarded to an outstanding research team from Africa and Europe working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme. The prize of €50,000 should be used to further the research programmes of the award-winning team and may support activities such as supporting study visits and training attachments to collaborating institutions, data collection for baseline studies, conference and meeting attendance, and other relevant research-related activities.

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