June 9, 2016 | Paris (France)
During a ceremony that took place at the Institut de France on June 8th, the 2016 Christophe Mérieux prize was awarded to Professor Francine Ntoumi of the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Brazzaville (Congo) to encourage her work on infectious diseases in Central Africa.
Professor Ntoumi began her career researching malaria at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Receiving her Ph.D from the Pierre and Marie Curie University, she pursued her work in Gabon, Germany, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and within international organizations in the Netherlands and in Tanzania, where she was the first African leader of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM).
These days, Francine Ntoumi is actively involved in strengthening health research capacities in Africa and coordinates the CANTAM project (Central Africa Network on Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Malaria). She is head of the Marien N’Gouabi University (Brazzaville) molecular biology laboratory and Chief Executive of the Congolese Foundation for Medical Research.
The Christophe Mérieux Prize was created to support infectious disease research in developing countries and is awarded each year by the Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux under the auspices of the Institut de France. Winners receive € 500,000.