CPH alumnus Dr. Leo Martinez was just awarded the Stephen Lawn HIV-TB Research Leadership Prize from the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.
Martinez, who is now a post-doctoral associate at Sanford University, completed his Ph.D. in epidemiology in Spring 2017 under the mentorship of Dr. Christopher Whalen. His research focuses on identifying where person-to-person tuberculosis transmission occurs and applying meaningful, effective interventions and policy recommendations to mitigate disease spread.
The Stephen Lawn Memorial Fund, which supports the prize, was established in 2016 through a global partnership between the TB Centre of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK), the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and The Union, also supported by The Lancet. The Prize will be presented at Union World Conference on Lung Health in October.
Steve Lawn was a professor of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and worked at the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, University of Cape Town. He made major contributions to diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis among people with AIDS, authoring over 250 publications and receiving many awards.Steve’s love of Africa was catalyzed by a trans-Saharan expedition and he was passionate about improving health for the poorest.