Prof. Sir Alimuddin Zumla
University College of London

Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla is dually qualified in medicine (MBChB) and science (PhD). He is accredited in internal medicine and infectious diseases and is a Fellow of: 1. Royal Colleges of Physicians of London & Edinburgh; 2. Royal College of Pathologists; 3. Royal Society of Biology & 4. African Academy of Sciences. He was born in Fort Jameson, Zambia (British Northern Rhodesia). As a BEIT Scholar he completed an MSc in Tropical Medicine (Distinction & Mugratroyd prize) and PhD (Alan Woodruff Medal) from The London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He received international acclaim for rapidly identifying & notifying the 1988 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak which he traced back to Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London whilst working as an infectious diseases registrar at Rush Green Hospital in Romford. After 4 years as senior registrar at the Hammersmith Hospital, Royal Postgrad Medical School, London, he spent 3 years as Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston,USA, & Visiting Professor at UTH in Lusaka,Zambia, before joining UCL in 1994. Since 1994,

Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla has pioneered and championed the discipline of ‘Global Health’ at UCL with significant effect. He has effectively networked numerous institutions across the world achieving significant ‘unity of purpose’ for poverty related diseases. He is a lead global advocate for developing fair and equitable North-South partnerships where close alignment of capacity development with research is central to his ethos. To take this forward he established the UNZA-UCLMS R&D Program in 1994 ( unique, novel model of 'equitable' mutually beneficial partnerships which has received several international awards, including The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) ‘Most outstanding ‘Africa-Europe’ Team Award and Trophy'(Nov.2016). RECENT AWARDS/ACCOLADES: Spinoza Award(Univ.Amsterdam-2011); Order of The Grand Commander of Distinguished Services (GCDS), First Division from President of Zambia (2012); STOP-TB Partnership (Geneva) Kochon Prize & Medal(2012); Donald Mackay Medal from The Royal Soc Trop Med & Hygiene(2014); The Times Higher Education Award (2014); UCLHospitals-NHS-Fdn Trust Excellence Award for World Class Research (2015); UK-NIHR Senior Investigator Award (2017);Karolinska Institutet,Sweden 'Doctorate honoris causa' for "exceptional contributions to science, healthcare & humanity at large"(2016); Knighthood-Knight Bachelor of the Most Excellent Order (KBE)-Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Honours List (June,2017).

PUBLICATIONS: Over 500 peer-reviewed PUBMED articles (ResearchGate score=51.9; Google Scholar H-index=81; i10index=321; and 32,160 citations). He has edited 19 medical textbooks, including the classics: Manson’s Tropical Diseases (co-ed.GC Cook), Tuberculosis; A Comprehensive Clinical Reference (co-ed.S.Schaaf); Granulomatous Disorders (co-ed. D. James ); Perspectives in Medicine-TB (co-eds: S.Kaufmann&E.Rubin). He has led numerous journal themes series (

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