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Columbia: AIDS Scientist Dr. Abdool Karim Inducted as Fellow in the Royal Society

Leading AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) researcher and scientist, Dr. Salim Abdool Karim, CAPRISA Professor of Global Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, was inducted on July 12th as a fellow of the prestigious science academy, the Royal Society. Established in 1660 by royal charter, the academy has included many of the world’s leading scientists over the past four centuries. Dr. Karim is widely recognized as a visionary whose leadership was hailed in a 2014 Nature Medicine article as “one of South Africa’s undisputed leaders in clinical research.”

Dr. Karim is also director of the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He chairs both the Joint United Nations Programme on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS (UNAIDS) Scientific Expert Panel and the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on HIV, and is also a member of the WHO TB-HIV task force. His clinical research on TB-HIV treatment has shaped international guidelines on the clinical management of co-infected patients.

Dr. Abdool Karim is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Microbiology. His many previous awards include the African Union’s Kwame Nkrumah Continental Scientific Award.

In 2017, Dr. Karim, together with his wife, Columbia Mailman professor, Dr. Quarraisha Abdool Karim, an infectious disease epidemiologist, were awarded the esteemed Institute for Human Virology Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional public service for their contribution to the global AIDS response.

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