Scientist awarded for AIDS vaccine work

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African virologist researching on HIV vaccines, Dr Carolyn Williamson, has won a top award at the World Technology Summit in London for her work.
Williamson's research is part of the South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative (SAAVI).
"Dr Williamson's award demonstrates that great strides are being made by South African scientists.
It is fitting that the government is committing considerable resources to eradicating HIV/AIDS", said Arts, Culture, Science and Technology minister, Dr Ben Ngubane.
"Winning the World Technology award proves that programmes of the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST) contribute significantly towards solving problems facing the African continent," he added.
The World Technology Summit is a two-day gathering of more than 200 of the world's key technology players.
It involves scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs, industrialists and policy makers.
One of the aims of the event is to explore emerging technologies that will have a significant impact on industry and society in the 21st century.
South Africa's Medical Research Council manages the South African AIDS initiative on behalf of DACST.
Dr Williamson who is based at University of Cape Town and Dr Robert Johnston of the University of North Carolina in the USA won the same award in the category for 'Health and Medicine'.

11 july 2001 10:54:00

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