Shabir A Madhi

National Institute for Communicable Diseases, SA

Over the past 20 years, Professor Shabir Madhi has established an internationally recognized research unit in the field of epidemiology and vaccine preventable diseases. His research has focused on the leading causes of pneumonia, diarrhoea and neonatal sepsis, which together are responsible for one-third of all under-five childhood deaths globally. More recently, his research agenda has expanded to include studies on vaccination strategies targeted at pregnant women, with his Unit being internationally recognized in this field.

He is recipient of multiple awards, including the National Science and Technology Forum’s TW Kambule Award: Senior Black Researcher over the past 5-10 years (2009); NRF Award for Transformation of the Science Cohort (2010); Vice-Chancellors Award for Research, University of the Witwatersrand (2010); Medical Research Council Lifetime Achievement Award (Platinum Medal; 2015) and European & Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership Scientific Leadership Award (2016). He was also elected as Member of Royal Society of South Africa in 2016.