Coovadia Hoosen was elected as an AAS Fellow in 2015. As a fellow, Coovadia Hoosen contributes to the development of the Academy’s strategic direction through participation in AAS activities and governance structures. . This gears the Academys vision of transforming african lives through science.
Prof Coovadia’s main contributions include critical research into the most serious health problems of children in Africa. He has published leading papers on the basic science and pathogenesis, clinical management, epidemiology, prevention, and socio-contextual factors, for the major causes of morbidity, disability and mortality, among Africa`s children. His key research has been in the fields of Malnutrition, Kidney Disorders and Infectious Diseases, especially Mother to Child Transmission of HIV through Breastfeeding. In total he has mentored 15 PhDs, and 8 Masters in Science degrees. He was the International Vice-Chair of an NIH Network on Paediatric HIV. He has held editorial positions on a number of key international and national journals, and he regularly reviews papers for The Lancet and other high-impact journals, and often assesses proposals from the Welcome Trust and other agencies. He has been a member some major international organisations` committees such as UNAIDS and WHO, and was the chair of the prestigious Xlllth International AIDS Conference held in Durban, South Africa in 2000. His plethora of awards include the Medical Research Council President’s Award in 2014, the National Research Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award in 2013.