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IHVN Senior Technical Advisor Wins CUGH Leadership Award

IHVN Senior Technical Advisor Pediatric and Adolescent HIV Dr. Nadia Sam Agudu training health care providers in Abuja, Nigeria

Senior Technical Advisor for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV at the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), Dr Nadia Sam-Agudu, has won an award for her outstanding achievements in global health to reduce health disparities in resource-limited settings.

Dr. Sam-Agudu is one of 3 awardees of the 2022 Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Dr. Thomas Hall – Dr. Nelson Sewankambo Mid-Career Leadership Award.

“This award is open to any individual between the ages of 30 to 50 who has demonstrated a proven commitment…and played an important role in advocating for, implementing or advancing global health policies or programs that improve the health of people,” stated CUGH Executive Director Dr. Keith Martin in the award notification letter.

Dr Sam-Agudu, who will be receiving the award at the 13th Annual CUGH Conference in March 2022, said that the award is further motivation to keep adding value and making an impact through her research and mentoring work. She advised young researchers to be diligent in pursuing research that they are passionate about.

“Find mentors who value you and your goals and be an industrious mentee. Find long-term collaborators; they will exponentially increase your research productivity. Aim to give value beyond what is expected of you,” she said.

Dr. Sam-Agudu is an International Medical Technical Advisor and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine. She also works at IHVN’s International Research Center of Excellence (IRCE) as a clinician- scientist focused on implementation science in maternal and child health. She has over 70 scientific publications to her credit.