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Infectious Disease Researchers in Ivory Coast Win the 2017 Christophe Mérieux Prize

June 8, 2017 | Paris (France)

Together, Serge Eholié and Xavier Anglaret manage a team that was founded in 1994 and is made up of highly respected Ivorian and French researchers. The team has two main roles: conducting infectious disease research to improve the health of the population and training young scientists in medical research. These multidisciplinary studies combine clinical medicine, biology and medical sciences with international research organizations.

Over its twenty-three years of activity, the team has expanded and today carries out studies in fifteen countries, eleven of which are in Africa. Its research programs now cover all types of infectious disease with epidemic potential, including Ebola virus disease. Thanks to its clinical research experience, this team was one of the rare teams in the world able to mobilize rapidly during the Ebola virus epidemic in 2014 to carry out therapeutic trials in Guinea.

Since 1996, the team has run eighty-three studies, published 438 scientific articles and trained eighty Master’s degree researchers and thirty Ph.D. researchers. The team has also opened two large healthcare centers in Abidjan where thousands of people are being cared for today.

Every year since 2007, the Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux has awarded the Christophe Mérieux Prize to a researcher or team of researchers studying infectious disease in developing countries. The Institut de France selects the winner from a list of personalities in the field proposed by the Mérieux Foundation. Winners receive 500,000 €.

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