On 18 August 2020, the Mahathir Science Award Foundation and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia announced that Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla is the recipient of the 2020 Mahathir Science Award. It is the most prestigious international science award for tropical sciences. Sir Alimuddin is Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at University College London, and a Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at the UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London, the United Kingdom. The Mahathir Science Award comprises a gold medal, a certificate and $100,000.
The 2020 Mahathir Science Award recognises a distinguished career spanning many decades and many areas of infectious diseases and global health. Sir Alimuddin participates in international networks with African, Middle Eastern, European and American institutions pursuing high-quality priority research which also include capacity development and training programs. Currently, he contributes immensely to the activities of the EDCTP-funded Pan-African network for rapid research, response, relief and preparedness for infectious diseases epidemics (PANDORA-ID-NET). The consortium is actively involved in research on COVID-19.
EDCTP Scientific Advisory Committee, April 2016; Professor Alimuddin Zumla sitting on the right. (Click to enlarge).