Scientific and/or technological development

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Recent winners of this award include:

Dr Lisa E Hensley, USA, 2008 Dr. Hensley has emerged as one of the pre-eminent scientists combating the most dangerous infectious diseases known to mankind.

As a microbiologist, Dr. Hensley is working at the Virology Division of the United States Army Medical Research Institute for infectious diseases (USAMRIID), where she runs the Viral Therapeutics Branch. Over the last decade, she has spent countless hours working in containment laboratories studying viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHF) and orthopoxviruses such as Ebola, Marburg, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), monkeypox, and variola virus.

Over the past nine years, her work has contributed to an astounding 45 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and multiple book chapters.

There is no doubt that her findings have changed our understanding of the biology of VHF and her results will translate into vaccines that will save lives. Her dedication to researching the world’s most lethal viruses will have impact far beyond the borders of a single country.