Winners of Ker Memorial Prize 2013 announced - Harish Nair and Lisa Reynolds

Edinburgh Infectious Diseases is delighted to announce that the winners of the 2013 Ker Memorial Prize for the most outstanding doctoral thesis presented at the University of Edinburgh in infectious diseases are Lisa Reynolds and Harish Nair.

We received a large number of nominations for the prize this year and the judges were extremely impressed with the quality of the work carried out. The judges, Tony Nash and Mark Stevens, both of the Roslin Institute, have taken the unprecedented step of awarding the prize jointly to:

One of the judges, Tony Nash, said:

I am delighted with the quality of the response... Two [of the candidates] are outstanding so much so that I cannot distinguish between them... It is rare to have such talent, probably the best we have had since the award started.

Mark Stevens, the second judge, commented:

Lisa and Harish have shown prodigious talent.  Both have demonstrated innovation, independence and an amazing level of productivity during their doctoral studies.

Harish and Lisa will each receive a £500 cheque and will present their work at the Edinburgh Infectious Diseases symposium to be held at the Royal College of Physicians, Queen Street, Edinburgh on Tuesday 28 May.

The Ker Memorial Lecture will also be given at the symposium by Prof Rob Wilkinson from the University of Cape Town on "The breath, heart and mind of HIV-associated tuberculosis".

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