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Research and Training Programme

Prof Zumla Awards & Honours

  1. 2017: Senior Investigator Award – UK Department of Health, National Institute for health Research, NHS, London, UK http://www.nihr.ac.uk/our-faculty/senior-investigators/ The NIHR Senior Investigators are ‘among the most prominent and prestigious researchers ‘ and the most outstanding leaders of patient and people-based research within the NIHR Faculty. Senior Investigators are appointed from NIHR Investigators through annual competitions informed by the advice of an international panel of experts.

2. 2017: Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences https://www.ucl.ac.uk/tb/tb-news-publication/prof-zumla-elected-african-academy-of-sciences-fellow The election followed a rigorous review and evaluation process by independent reviewers and by 10 Membership Advisory Committees in different fields. The recommendations of these groups were then submitted to the 34th meeting of the Governing Council for review and final endorsement. The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is a pan-African organisation based in Kenya. It aims to drive sustainable development in Africa through science, technology and innovation.

3. 2016: Doctorate of Medicine Honoris Causa - Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden 

Every year, Karolinska Institutet (KI) confers honorary doctorates to individuals for their vital scientific achievements or significant contributions to the university or humanity at large– this is the highest distinction awarded by Karolinska Institutet for ‘vital scientific achievements and significant contributions to humanity at large.’ Professor Zumla, Sir Richard Peto and Prof Robert Langer were the 3 awardees for 2016. The award was conferred at a high profile ceremony held at Stockholm City Hall on 13th May, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden.





4. 2016: European and developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership Award (EDCTP) for the ‘Most Outstanding Research Team’. Presented to Professor Zumla’s UNZA-UCLMS Program team at the opening ceremony of eighth European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership Forum held in Zambia -award presented by the President of Zambia, HE. Edgar Lungu.



5. 2015: UCLHospitals’ Excellence Award for ‘World Class Research’ – awarded by University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 12th March, 2015 at the annual ‘celebrating excellence awards’ ceremony.



6. 2014: The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Donald Mackay Medal -awarded in October, 2014 for ‘outstanding work in tropical public health and infectious diseases related to improvements in health of populations in developing countries’.



7. 2013: UK Times Higher Education Award – awarded in December, 2013 for the ‘Best International collaboration recognising exceptional collaborative research and training projects’. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/1213/041213-TB-research-project-THE-award-international-collaboration

8. 2013: Lifetime Achievement Award – Zambia Ministry of Health. Award presented at the 7th National Health Research Conference in Lusaka, November, 2013. Zambia for exceptional contributions to collaborative research, training and capacity development in sub-Saharan Africa.


9. 2012: Karolinska Institutet Annual Science Prize, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, for outstanding outputs in global health and infectious diseases” –awarded after the annual science lecture Nov 6th, 2012. http://www.uclh.nhs.uk/Research/BRC/News/Pages/KarolinskaInstitutetAnnualPrizeLectureAward2012.aspx

10. 2012: Order of The Grand Commander of Distinguished Services (First Division) –awarded by the President of Zambia, His Excellency Dr Michael Sata on October 24th 2012 for exceptional contributions to medicine and science. This is the highest civilian honour accorded by the Zambian government.



11. 2011: World Health Organisation STOP TB Partnership, Kochon Foundation Prize and medal for major significant and documented global achievements in the fields of research, training, education and prevention of tuberculosis”. Selected from nominations received from 200 partner countries and 1,000 NGOs. http://www.stoptb.org/global/awards/kochon/awardees/2011.asp

12. 2011: University of Amsterdam Spinoza Leerstoel Award and Professorship for “Outstanding research & capacity development achievements in the global fight against TB and TB/HIV/AIDS”.


13. 2011: UK India International Foundation Science Award: for outstanding achievements in science

by a professional with origins in India. 


14. 2008: Platinum Award: UK National Health Service Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA). Highest award by the UK NHS ACCEA which has a scale from bronze-, silver, gold and platinum. Places Prof Zumla amongst top 0.5% of all UK consultants.


15. 2004: ACCEA Gold Award: UK National Health Service Clinical Excellence Awards


16. 2003: Windrush Award for Professional Achievement –recognizing individuals from ethnic minorities in Britain who have excelled in their field and contributed to well being of society.



17. 2000: The Albert Chalmers Medal of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene -for outstanding research on tropical diseases by a Fellow under 45 years of age.


18. 1999: Royal College of Physicians of London Weber-Parkes Trust Medal and Prize-2000: Awarded for outstanding research on tuberculosis by a Royal College of Physicians Fellow under 46 years of age.


19. 1988: Commendations from: the Director of the PHLS, Communicable Diseases Surveillance Centre, (Colindale); Westminster Parliamentary Action Committee; the Medical Officers for Environmental Health (Barking & Westminster); and the Old Church/Rush Green Hospitals Committee for rapidly identifying and notifying the major 1988 Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the BBC Portland Place

building, London. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2897531

20. 1987: Alan Woodruff Medal, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.

21. 1985: Otto Beit Memorial Fellowship. The Beit Trust, Oxford, UK.

22. 1982: Frederick Murgatroyd Medal and Prize, University of London, London, UK.

23. 1982: Alfred Beit Scholarship, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK