Professor Michael Alpers

Professor Michael Alpers

Michael Alpers

Elected in 2012

Short citation at year of election

The candidate has made major contributions to tropical medicine through studies carried out from a base in the national research institution of a tropical disease-endemic country. He designed and carried out these studies in the course of building up the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR) from a dying institution to one of world renown. His major scientific achievements include seminal studies on the natural history and epidemiology of kuru; work which led to the first successful transmission of kuru to chimpanzees; and pivotal studies on pneumonia and malaria using the facilities of the PNGIMR for direct field investigations.

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