Thursday, October 29, 2009

SA doctor wins UK award

Johannesburg – A South African doctor has won the Royal Society Award for HIV and TB co-infection research, the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre said yesterday.

Dr Linda-Gail Bekker received the award in London on Tuesday night for her work on the host response to TB, both with and in the absence of HIV co-infection, a spokesman said.

Bekker is deputy director of the centre at the University of Cape Town and chief executive of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. Her research looked at how TB epidemiology had changed in the HIV era.

South Africa has seen a six-fold increase in TB rates in 20 years.

She said the HIV/TB crisis required novel answers to turn these numbers around.

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