Director, Africa Research Excellence Fund
Professor Tumani Corrah is the Director of the Africa Research Excellence Fund, the Medical Research Council’s foundation Director of Africa Research Development and the first Emeritus Director of the MRC Unit, The Gambia. Tumani Corrah’s role plays to his personal passion for growing a new generation of outstanding African researchers working in Africa. He is leading a new charity (AREF) that gives much-needed support to bright, early postdoctoral African scientists at the most vulnerable point in their careers. For three decades, Professor Corrah has retained active research interests in tropical and infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, HIV and malaria. He is medically qualified and holds a PhD from his studies on tuberculosis which included the ground-breaking science of the introduction of immunotherapy as an adjunct treatment for tuberculosis in The Gambia.