CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateSOUTH AFRICA: International Honor for HIV/AIDS Expert
October 17, 2012
Independent Online (Cape Town) (10.16.12)
In recognition of his pioneering contributions to research in HIV prevention and treatment, Durban scientist and researcher Professor Salim Abdool Karim has been elected to the American Institute of Medicine as a foreign associate, one of the highest of international honors in the medical field. Karim is the director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in SA (Caprisa), Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and was appointed president of the SA Medical Research Council this year. He also holds several academic positions in the United States. During his long career, he has made many contributions to the control of infectious disease, particularly to AIDS and tuberculosis. Along with his wife, Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, he reported the first HIV prevention technology for women research on tenofovir gel, presented at the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna. In addition, his clinical research on TB-HIV treatment has influenced World Health Organization guidelines on the clinical management of co-infected patients.