Professor Joanne P. Webster Awarded the Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture 2024 for Advancements in Neglected Tropical Diseases

31 Aug 2023

London Centre for NTD Research Director, Professor Joanne P. Webster FMedSci, has been awarded with the coveted Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture (2024) in acknowledgment of her contributions to the realm of parasitic disease control in humans and animals in Asia and Africa.

Originally established to recognise excellence in the field of microbiology, the Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture now includes excellence in bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology, and microscopy. The lectureship was named after the Dutch microscopist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek FRS, often referred to as the ‘Father of Microbiology’, and is supported by a bequest from George Gabb.

In a statement, Professor Webster remarked, "I am deeply humbled to receive the Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture for 2024. This honour underscores the importance of collaborative and multidisciplinary efforts in addressing the complex challenges posed by parasitic diseases. I am extremely grateful to all of my collaborators and team members globally that have contributed to this achievement and the growing recognition of One Health approaches to achieve global development targets."

The award will be officially presented to Professor Webster during a special prize lecture scheduled for 2024.

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