Strengthening research capacity

Prof Oumar Gaye receives award from Senegalese President

20 September 2012

MCDC co-investigator Prof Oumar Gaye of Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Dakar has been awarded le Grand prix du Président de la République pour les Sciences in recognition of his contribution to malaria research.

The award is an annual prize given by the President of Senegal, recognising those who have made significant contributions to their scientific field. Prof Gaye was in competition with 88 other scientists.

The award recognised Prof Gaye's contribution to the treatment and prevention of malaria in Africa over the past 25 years. Prof Gaye is the Head of Medical Parasitology at UCAD. His own research specialises in parasitology and mycology. Over the years his vast contribution to malaria research has included work on Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC), as well as a significant contribution to supporting and developing malaria researchers early in their careers, both through his teaching at UCAD and through his work on capacity strengthening projects such as MCDC.

In receiving the award, Prof Gaye said he saw the prize as recognition for the work of his research team, faculty and the university as a whole: "C'est une récompense pour toute une équipe, une Faculté, notre université".  

MCDC heartily congratulates Prof Gaye on this well-deserved accolade.

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