BBC 100 women: Seven Trailblazing women in science – Quarraisha Abdool Karim

6 November 2017

BBC 100 Women names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world every year. Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, CAPRISA’s associate Scientific Director, has been named as one of seven trailblazing women in science by BBC.  The announcement was made this morning and can be accessed at this link:

Earlier this year on 15th  June,  Nature profiled the careers and experiences of 5 eminent scientists who have made major discoveries in drug discovery. Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim was one of the scientists featured.


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Quarraisha Abdool Karim

Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, Associate Scientific Director of CAPRISA, is an NRF A-Rated scientist and infectious diseases epidemiologist. In 2014 Professor Abdool Karim was awarded the ASSAf Science-for-Society Gold Medal for ‘outstanding achievement in scientific thinking to the benefit of society’ and the South African Medical Research Council Gold Medal for her seminal scientific contributions in HIV research. She is the recipient of several prestigious local and international awards including South Africa’s highest honour, the Order of Mapungubwe, from the President of South Africa in 2013 for outstanding work in the field of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Research and Health Policy Development,  the 2013 African Union’s Kwame Nkrumah Prize for Science and Technology, the 2014 TWAS-Lenovo Prize from The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) "for her exceptional and distinguished contributions to HIV prevention and women's health" and the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science award for Africa and the Arab States. She is the recipient of the Department of Science and Technology Distinguished Women in Science Award in the Life, Natural and Engineering Sciences. On 25th October, she received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Institute for Human Virology in the US for her contributions to the global AIDS response.