GBD Emerging Researcher Award

Created in 2020, the $5,000 award supports emerging global health researchers to carry out innovative research to improve the measurement and knowledge about burden of disease in populations.

Congratulations to Dr. Jean Jacques Noubiap, MD, PhD – 2023 winner of the GBD Emerging Researcher Award

Dr. Jean Jacques Noubiap is a specialist physician and scientist from Cameroon whose career has centered around combatting the burden of disease of populations in Africa, with a focus on cardiovascular risk factors and diseases. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in the School of Medicine at the University of California-San Francisco as well as a Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Collaborator and an accomplished author. 

Dr. Noubiap was ranked among the top 2% most cited global scientists in 2022, and he has co-authored over 300 publications, with many centered around cardiovascular diseases in Africa. His interest in cardiovascular health is driven by personal past experiences.

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Dr. Noubiap, GBD Emerging Researcher Award winner 2023

About the award

Nominations for 2024 are now closed. Please stay tuned for next year's submission form!

The winners of this award are selected by a committee of distinguished individuals representing different spheres of the GBD Collaborator Network.

Past recipients of the award have continued to make a great impact on public health.

Nomination information

About the GBD Emerging Researcher Award

In 2018, Professor Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington was awarded the prestigious John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award for his pioneering work in establishing and developing the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study over three decades earlier. Subsequently, the GBD has greatly influenced debates about global health priorities and the development of health services and systems worldwide, and enabled the tracking of progress toward global and national health and development goals.

Professor Murray has donated the proceeds of this award to the University of Washington to establish the GBD Emerging Researcher Award. The primary aim of the award is to support emerging global health researchers to carry out innovative research to improve the measurement and knowledge of burden of disease in populations.

From 2021 to 2023, the University of Washington made one award annually with the winner receiving US$5,000. In 2023, the fund received a generous donation from Professor Theo Vos, a long time contributor to the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study and starting in 2024, two awards of US$5,000 will be awarded annually. Professor Vos was motivated by the idea of encouraging early career researchers through this award to assume greater responsibility in their work, gain recognition for their efforts, and become more independent in their research pursuits. The additional award will allow for highly deserving candidates from anywhere in the world to be equally considered.


Thank you to our promotional partners: University of Washington Population Health Initiative, University of Washington Graduate School, University of Washington School of Public Health, and Cambia Grove

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