The Royal Society Pfizer Award was set up in 2006 to recognise innovative contribution to biological science which has made a positive sustainable impact in Africa. This prestigious award is designed to reward scientists working in Africa at the outset of their career and to promote science capacity building in the developing world.
Dr Abdoulaye Diabate was awarded the 2013 Royal Society Pfizer Award for his important work on the identification of mosquito swarming cues, which opens up new possibilities for malaria vector control.
Dr Abdoulaye Diabate - 2013 Royal Society Pfizer award winner
Currently Dr Diabate is the head of the medical entomology laboratory of the Institut de Recherche en Science de la Santé/Centre Muraz, Burkina Faso. He received his Master’s degree at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and did his PhD on insecticide resistance at the University of Montpellier, France. After his PhD degree he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the National Institutes of Health (USA) for 4 years researching “ecological specialisation” in Anopheles gambiae as major evolutionary force generating biological diversity, which may lead to speciation. So far he has co-chaired several scientific sessions at international conferences and was an invited speaker at Harvard and George Washington Universities. He won the best oral presentation award in the 9th International Meeting “Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Diseases”. Dr Diabate is a reviewer of several journals (BMC Ecology, PlosOne, Malaria Journal etc), member of several professional bodies and member of the Organizing Committee of the "Workshop on Population and Molecular Biology of Disease Vectors" that takes place in Crete, Greece every other year. He is a fellow of the African Leader scheme grant funded by the British MRC/DFID.
Professor Hilary Ranson, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Professor Hilary Ranson is Head of the Department of Vector Biology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK, one of the largest departments of its kind, with research strengths in malaria, neglected tropical diseases and monitoring and evaluation. Professor Ranson’s own research focuses on the control of mosquito borne disease and, in particular, the use of insecticides in vector control. She is internationally renowned for her work on insecticide resistance and has contributed her technical expertise to a range of WHO scientific advisory boards and is a technical advisor to the Innovative Vector Control Consortium.Professor Ranson is the scientific coordinator of AvecNet (www. AvecNet.eu), a European Union ‘FP7-Call for Africa’ project involving 15 European and African partners, working together to develop new and improved tools for malaria vector control. Professor Ranson is the scientific coordinator of AvecNet (www. ), a European Union ‘FP7-Call for Africa’ project involving 15 European and African partners, working together to develop new and improved tools for malaria vector control. She was awarded a personal chair in 2011 and is currently the holder of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
Dr James Logan, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
James is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Disease Control, Scientific Director of the Arthropod Control Product Test Centre (arctec) and a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. He is Principle Investigator of a large research portfolio investigating novel ways to control arthropod vectors that transmit pathogens of human and animal diseases in the UK and overseas. Through chemical ecology studies, his research group explores the complex interaction between arthropod vectors, vertebrate hosts and pathogens at the behavioural, olfactory and molecular level. The Logan group also runs clinical trials on commercial products including insecticides, repellents and after-bite treatments.
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