- 2022: Sir Patrick Manson Medal - The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) awarded Sir Alimuddin Zumla their highest mark of distinction. This is a historic moment since it is the first time in a hundred years the Royal Society of TMH have awarded the very prestigious accolade to an ethnic minority scientist. The award is given every 3 years. There have been 33 winners since 1922, all distinguished Caucasian researchers from UK, Europe and USA. Press release.
- 2022: NIHR SENIOR INVESTIGATOR AWARD (Renewal 2022-2026) – UK Department of Health, National Institute for health Research, NHS, London, UK. Senior Investigators are appointed from NIHR Investigators through annual competitions informed by the advice of an international panel of experts.
- 2021: Elected fellow of the prestigious World Academy of Sciences. Link.
- 2021: EU-EDCTP Pascoal Mocumbi prize. The Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize aims to reward an individual in recognition of his/her outstanding achievements in advancing health research and capacity development in Africa with significant impact on the wellbeing of the African population. Link.
- 2020: Mahathir Science Award: Tropical Medicine - Award Recipient. The most prestigious international award in Tropical Sciences was presented to Sir Alimuddin in recognition of his world leading efforts towards solving health problems in the Tropics. "Sir Alimuddin was selected as the recipient of this award on basis of his illustrious career in infectious diseases and tropical medicine. He established, and directs, a multi-continent network with several African, Middle Eastern, European and American institutions on high quality priority research aligned closely to capacity development and training programs and his has truly had major impact beyond academia." Additional Links: UCLH, UCL, EDCTP, Bolton News
- 2018: The UNION MEDAL – Sir Alimuddin ZUMLA has
been awarded the prestigious UNION MEDAL, at the 49th World Conference on Lung
Health, The Hague, The Netherlands on 26th October, 2018, where 4,000 people
from 127 countries participated. The UNION MEDAL is the highest honour accorded
by The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease to individuals
who have made outstanding contributions to the control of TUBERCULOSIS AND LUNG
DISEASES by their scientific work and actions in the field. Press release, Video of acceptance speech
- 2017: KNIGHTHOOD – Knight Bachelor: Sir Alimuddin Zumla was honoured with a
Knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen in her June 2017 Birthday Honours List for
exceptional “Services to Public Health
and Protection from Infectious Diseases”. Links: the gazette, UCL, KI.se
- 2017: PLATINUM RENEWAL: 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.
- 2017: NIHR SENIOR
INVESTIGATOR AWARD – UK Department of Health, National Institute for health Research,
NHS, London, UK. 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.
- 2017: THE AFRICAN
ACADEMY OF SCIENCES FELLOWSHIP: 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
- 2016: DOCTORATE 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. Links: Link, ceremony award video
- 2016: EUROPEAN AND
DEVELOPING COUNTRIES CLINICAL TRIALS PARTNERSHIP AWARD (EDCTP) FOR
THE ‘MOST OUTSTANDING RESEARCH TEAM’. Presented to Sir 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. Links: BRC, EDCTP.
- 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. Link: UCLH
- 2014: THE ROYAL
SOCIETY OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE DONALD MACKAY MEDAL - for ‘outstanding work in tropical
public health and infectious diseases related to improvements in health of
populations in developing countries’. Link: Wikipedia
- 2013: UK TIMES
HIGHER EDUCATION AWARD for the ‘Best International collaboration recognizing
exceptional collaborative research and training projects’.
- 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.
- 2012: KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET ANNUAL SCIENCE PRIZE, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, for outstanding
outputs in global health and infectious diseases”
- 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. Link: All Africa
- 2011: 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
- 2011: UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM
SPINOZA LEERSTOEL AWARD for
“Outstanding research & capacity development achievements in the
global fight against TB and TB/HIV/AIDS”.
- 2011: UK INDIA
INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION SCIENCE AWARD: for
outstanding achievements in science by a professional with family links in
- 2008: ACCEA 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 Sir Zumla amongst top 0.5% of all UK consultants.
- 2004: ACCEA GOLD AWARD:
UK National Health Service Clinical Excellence Awards
- 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. Link: UCL
- 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.
- 1999: WEBER-PARKES TRUST MEDAL AND PRIZE OF THE ROYAL
COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS OF LONDON -Awarded for
outstanding research on tuberculosis by a Royal College of Physicians Fellow
under 46 years of age.
- 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.
- 1987: ALAN WOODRUFF MEDAL, London School of
Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.
- 1985: OTTO BEIT MEMORIAL FELLOW, The Beit Trust, Oxford, UK.
- 1982: FREDERICK
MURGATROYD MEDAL AND PRIZE, University of London, London, UK.
- 1981: ALFRED BEIT SCHOLAR,
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK