Professor Dick van Soolingen is in charge of
research on tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacterial
infections at the National Institute for Public Health and the
Centre for Infectious Diseases Research, Diagnostics
and Screening and is an associated professor at the Radboud
University, teaching Translational Tuberculosis Research,
commissioned by the
KNCV tuberculosis foundation. He received the award for his
contributions to the molecular epidemiology of tuberculosis, the
taxonomy of mycobacteria, insight into the clinical relevance of
nontuberculous mycobacteria, research on resistance against
antibiotics, capacity building etc.
The Gardner Middlebrook award honors scientists who have made significant lifetime contributions to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of mycobacterial disease. Only a small cadre of microbiologists is selected by their peers to receive this international award.