New award launched for African scientists

October 2018

AREF has warmly welcomed the launch of a prestigious new award that recognises the research achievements and future potential of a mid-career African scientist in contributing to the control of infectious disease in Africa. It will be presented to an individual who shows exceptional promise as an African research leader.

The inaugural Greenwood Africa Award has been established this year to mark Professor Sir Brian Greenwood’s 80th birthday. Professor Greenwood was for 15 years director of the MRC research unit in The Gambia a position later occupied by AREF director Professor Tumani Corrah. CBE.

Professor Greenwood has long championed medical education and research in Africa, mentoring new generations of African students, doctors and clinicians to become leaders in their fields, helping enhance the stature of African medical research among the international scientific community.
Professor Corrah commented:

This new award, named in honour of our good friend and my mentor Professor Sir Brian Greenwood, is another important tool in our endeavour to support and recognise African research leaders in Africa. I expect it will be relevant to many of our AREF Fellows, both current and past, who have built their scientific leadership expertise in part as a result of their Fellowship.

The award will be run by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and will take place every three years. Nominations are open until 9 December 2018 and the award will be presented at the LSHTM graduation ceremony in 2019.


Professor Sir Brian Greenwood

Professor Tumani Corrah CBE MRG