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Maryline Bonnet receives the 2019 Christophe Mérieux Prize for her research on tuberculosis in developing countries

June 5, 2019 | Paris (France)

The 2019 Christophe Mérieux Prize was awarded by Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux of the Institut de France to Maryline Bonnet on Wednesday June 5th under the dome of the Institut de France. The pulmonologist and research director in Uganda was awarded for her tuberculosis research program in developing countries.

Maryline Bonnet, a specialist in epidemiology and pulmonology, is the research director for the TransVIHMI unit of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement. Assigned to Mbarara, Uganda, since 2014, she has been conducting several research projects on tuberculosis and HIV.

From the beginning of her career, Maryline Bonnet worked in limited resource settings, in Georgia, Armenia and Russia, as a humanitarian doctor for Médecins Sans Frontières in charge of tuberculosis control programs. In 2003, she joined Epicentre, MSF’s epidemiological research center in Switzerland, as a medical epidemiologist in charge of tuberculosis research.

Dr. Bonnet has conducted and coordinated multi-center research projects on tuberculosis to improve diagnosis, optimize anti-tuberculosis drug dosages and reduce treatment time. Her research has also focused on tuberculosis and HIV coinfection. Some of her work has contributed to the formulation of new international recommendations, such as those of the World Health Organization, for the diagnosis of tuberculosis and the treatment of patients coinfected with tuberculosis and HIV.

This 13th recipient of the Christophe Mérieux Prize has published 82 scientific articles, most of them co-authored with scientists from developing countries. She shares her knowledge and research as a teacher, in particular at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Uganda.

About the Christophe Mérieux Prize

Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux, a family foundation under the aegis of the Institut de France, has awarded the Christophe Mérieux Prize since 2007. Each year, this grand prize rewards a researcher or research team for their work on infectious diseases in developing countries. The winner is selected by a jury at the Institut de France, among candidates proposed by the Mérieux Foundation. The prize is endowed with €500,000.

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