Carlos J. Finlay UNESCO Prize for Microbiology

The Conquest of Yellow Fever. Author: Robert Thom. Source: Collection of the University of Michigan Health System, UMHS.37

Acknowledging the importance of microbiology for human health and development, the Government of Cuba and UNESCO have established a prize in honour of one of the most important microbiologists in history: Carlos J. Finlay (Camagüey, 3 December 1833 – La Havana, 20 August 1915). His innovative research on infectious diseases and especially his work on yellow fever have had huge benefits for human kind.

The Carlos J. Finlay UNESCO Prize rewards the efforts of an individual, or of an institution, non-governmental organization or other entity which, through research and development, has made an outstanding contribution to the field of microbiology and its applications. In so doing, the Government of Cuba and UNESCO aim to encourage research and development of Microbiology.

Call for nominations (2017 Prize)

The call for nominations for the Carlos J. Finlay UNESCO Prize for Microbiology is open until 30 July 2017.

2015 laureate

Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka (Japan)

Director of the International Research Center for Infectious Diseases at the University of Tokyo and Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Yoshihiro Kawaoka is an internationally recognized expert on the influenza and Ebola viruses. He receives the Prize in recognition of his overall contribution to microbiology.

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