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We were delighted to hear that MORU Deputy Director of MORU and Head of Malaria & Critical Illness, Prof Arjen Dondorp, has been awarded the highly prestigious 2023 George Macdonald Medal!! This medal recognises outstanding individual contribution for conducting research leading to significant improvements in health in the tropics. It is a joint award from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (RSTMH).

Arjen Dondorp
Arjen Dondorp

Arjen was nominated for the George Macdonald Medal by Prof Olugbenga Mokuolu of the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, who said, “I have collaborated and related closely with Prof Dondorp for over 17 years. Over these years I have come to appreciate that he is an astute clinician and excellent researcher. He thinks through practically every line in a process and hardly does he skip any details in his scientific elucidation of facts. From the pathophysiology of malaria to through malaria chemotherapy to artemisinin resistance, Prof Dondorp has been phenomenal leading studies that has shaped our understanding and treatment of malaria globally. I therefore could not think of another person to nominate for the George Macdonald Medal award when the opportunity came up. Receiving the news of his selection for the award was a career high point. I am proud to have been associated with his award.”

In response Arjen stated, “I am very honoured to receive the RSTMH George MacDonald Medal 2023. This honour should be shared with many of my wonderful colleagues all over the globe. I hope my work will continue to contribute to reducing human suffering from malaria and critical illness in resource limited settings.”

Please join me in congratulating Arjen on this magnificent and richly deserved achievement, and for once again making the MORU Network proud!!

- Prof Nick Day, Director, MORU Tropical Health Network.