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Professor Piot awarded Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Research
Date:14 March 2013
Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine since 2010, will be awarded the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Research, the Government of Japan has just announced. Professor Piot will formally receive the award from the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, on 1 June, the opening day of the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V).
The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize honours outstanding achievements in the fields of medical research and medical services to combat infectious and other diseases in Africa. With this prize, Peter Piot will be recognised for his pivotal research on disease endemic in the African continent, for bringing AIDS to the forefront of global attention and for developing scientifically-grounded responses to the control and treatment of the disease.
Peter Piot began his career in the early 1970s at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, in his native Belgium, and did much collaborative research in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), Kenya and other countries in Africa. He was a co-discoverer of the Ebola virus and a pioneer in understanding the AIDS epidemic in Africa in the 1980s. Professor Piot has published over 500 scientific papers and articles, and 16 books, including in 2012 his memoirs, 'No Time To Lose: a life in pursuit of deadly viruses'. Over the past 25 years, he has led world-wide efforts to research and tackle AIDS and other threats to global health as founding Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Professor Piot said: "I am deeply honoured and grateful to have been considered for this award. Dr Noguchi holds a special place in the history of medical research, and was in many ways a pioneer of what we now call global health. While we have collectively achieved many successes, infectious diseases are far from under control, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. New pathogens will continue to emerge, and we must sustain local and global efforts for many years to come."