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IAS President Adeeba Kamarulzaman Appointed To WHO Science Council

Monday, 26 April 2021 (Geneva, Switzerland):
IAS – the International AIDS Society – welcomes
the appointment of its President, Adeeba
Kamarulzaman, to the newly formed World Health
Organization (WHO) Science Council.

The Science
Council will advise WHO on high-priority scientific issues
that could have a direct impact on global

“Science must be at the heart of everything
we do as global health advocates,” Kamarulzaman said.
“Like the HIV pandemic, the COVID-19 pandemic has
demonstrated that the best and most effective responses have
come from countries that have followed the advice of their
key scientific institutions and placed the needs of their
populations at the centre.”

The Science Council
comprises nine members representing all regions, including a
Nobel Laureate as its chair:

  • Prof Harold Varmus,
    Nobel Laureate, Weill Cornell, USA (Chair)
  • Dr Salim
    Abdool Karim, Director of the Centre for the AIDS program of
    research in South Africa (CAPRISA), South Africa
  • Dr
    Edith Heard, Director General of the European Molecular
    Biology Laboratory (EMBL), United Kingdom
  • Prof
    Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Professor of Medicine & Infectious
    Diseases, and President, International AIDS Society,
  • Dr Mary-Claire King, Professor of Genome
    Sciences and Associate Director, Medical Scientist,
    University of Washington, USA
  • Prof Abla Mehio Sibai,
    Professor of Epidemiology, Faculty of Health Sciences,
    American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Dr Denis
    Mukwege, Gynaecolist and Nobel Peace Laureate, Democratic
    Republic of Congo
  • Dr Bill Pape, Director and Founder
    of Gheskio, Haiti
  • Dr Yongyuth Yuthavong, Senior
    Specialist, National Centre for Genetic Engineering and
    Biotechnology, NSTDA, Thailand

The Science
Council will hold its first meeting on 27 April 2021, where
it will decide on initial steps and programme of

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