Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine was launched in 1995. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of pulmonary medicine is divided into nine sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editor for this issue.
Professor Alimuddin Zumla, born in Fort Jameson, Zambia, has had a star-studded career. He is an honours graduate of the University of Zambia School of Medicine and he moved to the United Kingdom in 1980. He is a clinician-scientist who trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases and clinical immunology, successfully completing his clinical residency program and doctoral research in the United Kingdom. He completed his MSc in tropical medicine at the University of London and was awarded a distinction and the Mugratroyd prize for the best student. He obtained his PhD (on leprosy human monoclonal antibodies) at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and was awarded the Alan Woodruff Medal for an outstanding PhD. He worked for four years as senior registrar at the Hammersmith Hospital, Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London. Subsequently he spent two years as associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston, Texas, USA. He currently holds the positions of Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at University College London Medical School; Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at University College London Hospitals NHS Trust; and Director of the Centre for Infectious Diseases and International Health, Windeyer Institute of Medical Sciences, UCL, London. He has been conferred visiting professorships at several institutions: The University of Cape Town, South Africa; The University of Zambia School of Medicine; The University of Liverpool; and The Institute of Child Health, London. Professor Zumla is internationally renowned for his outstanding and extensive outputs in infectious diseases, tropical medicine, with a focus on TB, HIV and respiratory diseases.
He is totally committed to improving global health, especially for disadvantaged populations, with an emphasis on assisting poorer sections of the world. He obtained substantial grant funding and setup, and directs, a multi-country collaboration with several African, European and USA institutions on collaborative research and training program on TB and HIV/AIDS. During the past two decades Professor Zumla and his collaborators have setup one of the best research and training programs in Africa, focusing attention on development of local infrastructure and capacity development. Several of his students now occupy important academic positions in institutions in Africa. He has published extensively (over 265 publications and authoring/editing 10 medical textbooks which includes the ‘bible’ of tropical medicine, Manson's Tropical Diseases, 22nd edition. Together with Professor Simon Schaaf he has edited the most comprehensive clinical textbook on TB which has 152 global authors and 114 chapters. Professor Zumla is on the editorial board of several medical journals. Professor Zumla has been awarded several prestigious medals/prizes for his work on tuberculosis, tropical medicine and infectious diseases. Professor Zumla serves on several national and international specialist committees, including the UNICEF UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)'s steering Committee on the Implementation of Research; The EASAC advisory committee on drug resistant tuberculosis, the Court of Governors of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and The Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the STOP TB Partnership. He served as the Vice President, and Member of Council, of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London; Secretary, and Council Member of The Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine; Board member of BOOKPOWER (charity setup to provide cheap educational books for poor developing countries). He was recently awarded the Platinum Award by the UK National Health Service, the highest honour that can be conferred to a consultant physician. Professor Zumla is well known for his motto which states: ‘everyone should hold hands together and move forward in the fight against infectious diseases’.