One of the [b]University of Cape Town’s[/b] rising academic stars was recently acknowledged for her research into HIV/Aids and tuberculosis epidemics. [b]The Academy of Science of South Africa, on behalf of the African Union Commission, The World Academy of Science and the Department of Science and Technology[/b], presented Dr Keren Middelkoop with the AU-TWAS Young Scientist in South Africa award.
Middelkoop won in the Life and Earth Sciences category. Describing herself as a ‘clinician with an interest in public health and epidemiological research’, Middelkoop’s research focuses on the TB and HIV epidemics (and epidemic interactions) at a community level.
Middelkoop was nominated for the award by Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, deputy director of [b]Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at UCT’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine[/b]. In her motivation Bekker highlighted that Middelkoop’s ‘key strength is the ability to provide a link between the laboratory and clinical worlds: combining her clinical background, extensive research experience, public health training, and good grasp of the laboratory component of molecular epidemiology to help meld the disciplines to provide a comprehensive approach to these dual public health problems’.Full report on the UCT site