K-RITH investigator named as the Victor Daitz Chair in HIV/TB Research

K-RITH investigator Thumbi Ndung’u has been named as the Victor Daitz Chair in HIV/TB Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  Ndung’u, who is well respected for his research work in HIV vaccine research also holds the position of Director for UKZN's HIV PathogenesisProgramme (HPP) and the HassoPlatner Research Laboratory as well as being an HHMI early career scientist, the South African Research Chair in Systems Biology of HIV/ AIDS and an Investigator for the Max Planck Research Institute for Infection Biology.

During his inaugural address ProfessorNdung’u outlined his vision for the HIV/TB chair which included leading by example through innovative research; articulating and raising awareness of biomedical science and the HIV/TB syndemic; training excellent research scholars and promoting collaborations and partnerships within the field.  As part of his remit he plans to open an Information Gateway that will provide up-to-date access to top journals and promote open access publications.

Brian Moshal, trustee of the Victor Daitz Foundation described the HIV/TB chair as a jewel in the crown of the foundation and said that he was proud that Professor Ndung’u had been appointed to the position, wishing him great success.

Victor Daitz was a humanitarian whose wish was to give back to the community in KwaZulu-Natal.  He was known as a man of insight, wisdom, knowledge and philanthropy and his generosity lives on through the Victor Daitz Foundation.

Publication Date: Mar 2013