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

Learn more about the award.

Nominations for 2023 are now closed. Please stay tuned for 2024 nominations!

The winner of this award is 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.

Since 2021, the University of Washington has made one award annually with the winner receiving US$5,000.


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