Professor Sir Ali Zumla receives his knighthood 

31/10/2017 00:00 
Congratulations to UCLH’s Professor Sir Alimuddin (Ali) Zumla pictured below at his knighthood investiture ceremony officiated by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace.

Sir Ali received the Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order (K.B.E) for ‘Services to Public Health and Protection from Infectious Diseases’ on 17 October. The K.B.E is the highest UK civilian honour.

Sir Ali’s knighthood is the latest accolade for his national and international research, training, capacity development, advocacy and charity work on tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other killer infectious respiratory diseases with epidemic potential. 

In 2012 he had received The Grand Commander of the Order of Distinguished Services First Division, from the President of Zambia (his country of birth) for contributions to health services and medical education in sub-Saharan Africa.  

Sir Ali and his wife Lady Farzana Zumla (holding the insignia of honour of knighthood) at Buckingham Palace

Sir Ali is Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at University College London. He is also consultant infectious diseases physician at UCLH, honorary consultant at Public Health England and at Royal Free Hospital, and holds a UK NIHR Senior Investigator Award.

His research spans the interface between clinical investigation and biomedical science, with the long-term goals of understanding the pathogenesis of important killer infectious diseases afflicting adults and children, and developing methods for rapid diagnosis, better treatment and control.

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