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Quarraisha Abdool Karim

UNAIDS Collaborating Centre for HIV Research and Policy

Jury: Life Sciences

Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD is a South African infectious diseases epidemiologist. She is the Associate Scientific Director of the CAPRISA (Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa), professor in Clinical Epidemiology at Columbia University; Pro-Vice Chancellor for African Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and UNAIDS Special Ambassador for Adolescents and HIV.  She is a Member of the USA National Academy of Medicine and Fellow of: The World Academy of Science; African Academy of Science and the Academy of Science of South Africa. Her over 200 peer reviewed publications, books and book chapters contributions spans over three decades of research focused on women’s health, the evolving HIV epidemic and HIV prevention technologies for women that includes the CAPRISA 004 trial that provided proof of concept that anti-retrovirals can prevent HIV infection.  Her research  has been widely recognized and includes the Order of Mapungubwe (the highest honor in South Africa), L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award for Africa and the Middle East region; the ASSAf Science for Society Gold medal; the 2020 John Dirk-Gairdner Global Health Award and the 2020 Christophe Merieux Infectious Diseases Award.

The Falling Walls Breakthroughs of the Year will highlight breakthrough thinking from around the world in 10 categories, ranging from Life Sciences to Science Engagement. Counting more than 100 jurors, each breakthrough will be determined by a distinguished world-class Jury under the leadership of renowned experts in their respective fields.

We are delighted that Helga Nowotny, fmr. President of the European Research Council, will serve as the Chair of the Juries, presiding over the selection process at large.

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