Med school: Kenyan to head HIV research

2013-03-20 00:00

THUMBI Ndung’u, a multi-award winner in scientific research, was appointed the new Victor Daitz Foundation chairperson for HIV and tuberculosis research at the UKZN Nelson Mandela School of Medicine yesterday.

He said Africa had made a significant impact on scientific research on a global scale, and his main focus as chair would be to put a greater emphasis on discovery and innovation.

His goal would be to develop a vaccine that would prevent people from getting infected.

A Kenyan national, Ndung’u has served as a director of the HIV pathogenesis programme and Hasso Plattner Research Laboratory.

He is also head of the Max Planck Research Institute for infection biology and won the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s inaugural internal early career scientist award.

Rob Slotow, a deputy vice chancellor and head of the College of Health Sciences, said Ndung’u would form a “point of synergy” in HIV ad TB research.

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