Pedro Alonso, Director of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and Head of the Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine at Hospital Clínic Barcelona has been named Honorary International Fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in recognition of his important contributions to the field of tropical medicine and malaria in particular.
The ceremony took place on November 13 during the ASTMH's 62nd annual meeting in Washington, USA. Dr Alonso was granted international honorary fellow member status together with four other researchers: Edgar Carvalho and Francisco Pinheiro from Brazil, François Nosten from Thailand, and Firdausi Qadri from Bangladesh. Only non-US citizens are eligible for this honor.
The ASTMH, founded in 1903, is a worldwide organisation of scientists, clinicians and programme professionals whose mission is to promote global health by preventing and controlling infections and other diseases affecting the world's most vulnerable populations. As stated on the society's website, research, health care and education are the central activities of ASTMH members, whose work bridges basic laboratory research to international field work and clinics to countrywide programs.