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, MB.ChB, MSc, PhD, FRCP(Lond), FRCP(Edin)
Professor Alimuddin Zumla, born in Fort Jameson, Zambia, has had a star-studded career. He is an honours graduate of the University of Zambia Medical School and moved to the United Kingdom in 1980. He is a clinician-scientist who trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases/clinical immunology and successfully completed his clinical residency program and doctoral research in the United Kingdom. He obtained his PhD at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and was awarded the Alan Woodruff Medal for an outstanding PhD. He completed his clinical residency training at the Hammersmith Hospital, Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London. Subsequently he served as associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston, Texas, USA. He currently holds the prestigious position of Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at University College London, and Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at University College London Hospitals NHS Trust. He holds visiting professorships at several institutions: The University of Zambia School of Medicine; The University of Liverpool; and The Institute of Child Health, London. Professor Zumla is Director of the Centre for Infectious Diseases and International Health at University College London which runs multi-country (collaboration with several African European and USA institutions) collaborative research and training programmes. He is one of the world’s leading academics in the field of infectious diseases/tropical medicine. He has published extensively (over 185 publications including authoring/editing eight medical textbooks which includes the ′bible’ of tropical medicine, Manson’s Tropical Diseases, 21st edition. Professor Zumla is on the editorial board of several medical journals and is associate Editor of The Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Professor Zumla has been awarded several prestigious medals/prizes for his work on tuberculosis, tropical medicine and infectious diseases. He is totally committed to improving global health, especially in disadvantaged groups with an emphasis on assisting poorer populations of the world. During the past decade Professor Zumla and his collaborators have set up one of the best research and training programmes in Africa, focusing attention on development of local infrastructure and capacity development. 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. He is also 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; Director of the London TB Link Project which is looking at ways to enhance access to TB care for the disadvantaged. Professor Zumla is well-known for his motto which states: ′everyone should hold hands together and move forward in the fight against infections diseases’.