The Cairo Centre for Strategic Studies (CCSS) has announced that it has launched the Adel Mahmoud Science Forum as part of the centre's intellectual programmes.
“The forum aims to honour the name of one of our greatest scientists, and looks forward to promoting scientific culture on viruses and biology, especially as community attention to biological issues mounts in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic,” political writer Ahmed El-Maslemani, president of the CCSS, said in a press statement.
“The forum, which will be chaired by a prominent biologist, will be an arena for developing knowledge about health policy and biosecurity,” El-Maslemani added.
Professor Adel Mahmoud (1941-2018) was one of the most prominent scientists in the world who contributed to the invention of vaccines in modern times.
The great scientist was mourned by prominent figures when he passed away in a New York hospital in June 2018, including Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, who said “the world has lost one of the greatest vaccine developers of our time, Dr. Adel Mahmoud, who saved countless children’s lives.”
Born in Cairo in 1941, Professor Mahmoud graduated from Cairo University Medical School in 1963 to fulfil the dream of his mother, Fathia Osman, who attended the same college but was prevented from being a doctor by her family who believed at that time that women should not become doctors.
Mahmoud moved to the United States in 1973, where he later became head of the Department of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and in 2006 he became a professor at the prestigious Princeton University.
Mahmoud was a pioneer in biomedical research and global health policy and oversaw the production and marketing of many vaccines that have made significant progress in public health.