SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

Peter Piot receives award for medical research during TICAD V

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine announced on Monday that Peter Piot, the school's director, received the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Research during the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize is awarded to individuals who make outstanding achievements in the fields of medical services and medical research to fight infections and other diseases in Africa. Piot received the award from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday.

Piot co-discovered the Ebola virus and was a leading pioneer in understanding the epidemic of AIDS in Africa. Piot published more than 500 scientific articles and papers and 16 books, including his memoirs, No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses.

"I am deeply honored to receive the 2nd Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Research," Piot said. "I am grateful to the government of Japan and to the selection committee for the confidence in me and for the appreciation of my research, and to Professor Kihari Masahiro of Kyoto University for nominating me."

Piot said the global response to AIDS demonstrates both the limitations and triumphs of science. He said there is much more work to do to stop people from contracting HIV and dying of AIDS.

"The reality is that last year 1.7 million people still died from AIDS and some countries are experiencing a resurgence of HIV infections," Piot said. "AIDS is far from being over, and its end is not at all in sight! I am deeply concerned about growing complacency on AIDS. This is even more unacceptable since we have better technical and financial tools than ever to bring down the AIDS epidemic to much lower levels. I know I can count on your strong leadership and support for many years to come, as it is needed more than ever."

Piot said he will use the prize money to give African health workers opportunities to train in Japan and London.