The Greenwood Africa Award – Nominations Open

19 November 2018

The MRCG at LSHTM would like to support the announcement for the call for nominations of the inaugural Greenwood Africa Award. London School Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has established this medal to mark Professor Sir Brian Greenwood’s 80th birthday in 2018. The award recognises the research achievements and future potential of a mid-career African scientist of exceptional promise as an African research leader, who is contributing to the control of infectious disease in sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Greenwood has spent over 50 years carrying out research in Africa. Through his simple but high-quality methods for clinical studies and field trials of drugs and vaccines, Prof Greenwood re-orientated field research in tropical medicine. His achievements include demonstrating the effectiveness of insecticide-treated nets, now the cornerstone of malaria control throughout Africa, the importance of pneumonia as a cause of death and severe illness in African children and the potential to prevent this condition through vaccination against Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) and Streptococcus pneumoniae. He has also conducted research on many aspects of meningitis in the African ‘meningitis belt’, including its prevention through vaccination.

Professor Brian Greenwood

Professor Greenwood has long championed medical education and research in Africa, mentoring new generations of African students, doctors and clinicians to become leaders in their fields, helping enhance the stature of African medical research among the international scientific community.

Commenting on the award, Professor Umberto D’Alessandro Unit Director MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM said “I started my research career in 1990 with Professor Greenwood. He was my supervisor and has remained my mentor until now. I have learned how to identify and formulate research questions, the needed rigorous approach, and the importance of clearly reporting and translating research results. Importantly, the interaction I had with him at the time influenced enormously how I relate with my collaborations and team. This award is a well-deserved recognition for the exceptional contribution Brian has provided to the understanding and control of malaria and other infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa”.

The Greenwood Africa Award consists of a medal and a week in residence at LSHTM in London. The winner will give a Greenwood lecture, interact with academics and give seminars. It will be awarded every three years at the LSHTM graduation ceremony.

Nominations (including self-nominations) consist of a cover letter (max 1 page) and a CV (max 4 pages).

More information on eligibility and criteria can be found on our website at:

 Please submit to by Sunday 9 December 2018.