The prize was received by the team’s leader Professor Dianna Gibb (Programme leader of the Paediatric programme of trials and cohorts at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit, United Kingdom). She was accompanied by other CHAPAS team members present at the forum, including Dr Mutsa Bwakura-Dangarembizi (University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences, Harare, Zimbabwe), Prof. David Burger (Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands), and Dr Cissy Kityo Mutuluuza (Executive Director of the Joint Clinical Research Centre, Kampala, Uganda). During the opening session of the Forum, immediately before the prize ceremony, Dr Kityo delivered a presentation on the impressive achievements of the CHAPAS trials.
The prize is awarded to an outstanding research team from Africa and Europe working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme. The prize of €50,000 should be used to further the research programme of the award-winning team and may support activities such as supporting study visits and training attachments to collaborating institutions, data collection for baseline studies, conference and meeting attendance, and other relevant research-related activities.