A Cape Town University researcher has won a French science academy award worth €500,000 (US$650,000) for her work on tuberculosis.
The Christophe Mérieux Prize is presented every year to support infectious disease research in developing countries. Valerie Mizrahi will receive the prize on 5 June at a ceremony in Paris, France.
Mizrahi, the director of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IIDMM), scooped the award for her research on TB and for her involvement with global communities affected by the disease. She was also honoured for her mentoring of students studying TB.