Thursday 1 December 2016 - Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Christian Bréchot opened the third day of the Institut Pasteur International Network Symposium by presenting Avelin Fobang Aghokeng with the 2015 Dedonder Clayton Prize, on the occasion of the World AIDS Day.
The Cameroonian virologist who works at IRD has been awarded for his research on the limitations and challenges in diagnosing people infected with HIV in the context of universal access to antiretroviral treatment. "It is important to understand how this epidemic has developed. We must have an interdisciplinary approach and associate fundamental science, operational research and social sciences in order to understand customs and behavior ", said the researcher," I am grateful my peers awarded me with this prize and I hope it will also motivate young researchers in Africa to work in this field ".
Avelin Fobang Aghokeng is assistant professor at IRD - Yaoundé in Cameroon - where he coordinates a research laboratory on HIV and emerging diseases.
The Dedonder Clayton Award
The Dedonder Clayton Award recognizes the quality of the scientific work of researchers in Africa and Asia in the field of HIV/AIDS research and related pathologies. It is awarded to researchers whose scientific contribution is decisive, with significant impact in terms of translational research and public health. This prize, worth USD 46,000, supports the scientific work of the winning team.
This prize is awarded by a jury of representatives of the Institut Pasteur, the Institut Pasteur International Network and the ANRS.
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