Salim S Abdool Karim, MBChB, PhD is a clinical infectious diseases epidemiologist whose main current research interests are in microbicides and vaccines to prevent HIV infection and implementing antiretroviral therapy in resource constrained settings. He is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. He is also Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and Adjunct Professor in Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is Director of CAPRISA – Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa.
Dr. Abdool Karim is active in the international HIV Prevention and HIV Vaccine Trials Networks and is Co-chair of the HVTN 040 and HVTN 059 trials. Professor Abdool Karim is Protocol Chair of HPTN 035. He is also Principal Investigator of the Fogarty sponsored Columbia University - South African AIDS training program. Dr. Abdool Karim is Associate Editor of AIDS Clinical Care, Corresponding Editor of the International Journal of Infectious Diseases and Editorial Board member of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Infections, the Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine and Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection.
He is Co-Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group for Reproductive Health at the World Health Organisation, is a member of the Gate’s Foundation’s Global HIV Prevention Working Group, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the International Partnership for Microbicides. He has published widely on infectious diseases, including AIDS, measles and hepatitis B and co-edited the textbook that is widely used to teach epidemiology in South Africa. Most recently he co-edited a 700 page book on HIV/AIDS in South Africa. He has been a member of several international AIDS conference scientific committees and most recently was appointed the Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee of the second South African AIDS Conference to be held in Durban in June 2005. He is a Fellow if the Royal Academy of Science in South Africa and a member if the Academy of Science of South Africa.