Abdool Karim
Current position: 
Director: Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)
Current nationality: 
South Africa
Current residence: 
South Africa
Abdool Karim is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa, and Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa. In the Unites States, he is a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, at Columbia University and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Cornell University. He obtained his medical degree in 1983 and his PhD in 1999 from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His scientific contributions are in HIV prevention (microbicides and vaccines) and AIDS treatment, including tuberculosis co-infections. His awards include the 2008 TWAS Prize in Medical Sciences; the 2011 Science-for-Society Gold Medals of the Academy of Science of South Africa; the 2015 African Union’s "Kwame Nkrumah Continental Scientific Award”, 2020, he received the Maddox Prize for his work defending science during both the HIV and Covid-19 pandemics, and the 2021 Special VinFuture Prize for Developing Country Innovators. He is a member of the World Health Organization Strategic and Technical Committee on HIV and Viral Hepatitis, the Academy of Science of South Africa, the African Academy of Science, the US National Academy of Medicine, among others.
Sustainable Development Goals: 
3 - Good health and well-being
AIDS; HIV prevention and treatment; microbicides; epidemiology; clinical trials; tuberculosis.
Place of Birth: 
Country of birth: 
South Africa

Date of birth

04-Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences
TWAS Awards: 
TWAS Prize in Medical Sciences 2008
Last updated on 03/02/2022