Africa Prize Medallist 2017
Dr Alassane Dicko
The 2017 Africa Prize is awarded to Dr Alassane Dicko for his contribution to research into malaria control, in particular using intermittent administration of medicines to children in the Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention strategy recommended by WHO.
Dr Dicko will receive an £11,000 grant towards his research project, a bronze medal and a gift of £1,000.
The Royal Society Africa Prize is to recognise research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the biological sciences, including basic medical science, which contributes significantly to capacity building in Africa.
The prize was previously the Royal Society Pfizer Award which was last awarded in 2016.
The next round of nominations will open in November 2017.
Dr Amina Abubakar Ali was awarded the 2016 Pfizer Award for her pioneering psychological research in East Africa, including her work developing neurodevelopmental assessments which are now being used throughout Africa.
In 2015, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Royal Society Pfizer Award, the programme was expanded to allow two awards.
Dr Gordon Awandare was awarded the Early Career Award for his achievements in the molecular and cellular studies of malaria, including how malaria parasites invade red blood cells and cause disease.
Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum was awarded the Advanced Award for his seminal work on viral haemorrhagic fevers, including Ebola, generating the foundation of our understanding of the epidemiology, clinical manifestations and control of outbreaks of these viral infections.
Dr Faith Osier was awarded the 2014 Pfizer Award for her research on understanding the mechanisms of immunity to malaria infection in man.