We extend our hearty congratulations to Professor Di Gibb, who has recently been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor from the University of York. This much deserved award comes as recognition for her outstanding contributions to the area of global and child health, particularly in low-middle income settings.
Di travelled to York on Wednesday 17th July with her husband Tony Ades to receive the honorary degree. Di was introduced at the ceremony by her colleague Prof. Mark Sculpher (Professor of Health Economics at the University of York) with Prof. Sir Mark Grant (Chancellor of the University) presenting the doctorate.
Di’s extensive research and work have improved the lives of a countless number of people across the world. She is a Paediatrician, Professor of Epidemiology and Programme Leader of a large paediatric programme of trials and cohorts in HIV and other infections at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL. Over the last thirty years she has worked on large paediatric clinical trials (including with Penta) in Europe, Thailand, South America, Africa and India addressing questions in paediatric infections, particularly HIV but also sepsis, TB, malaria and hepatitis.
A long-standing and valued member of Penta, Di is also vice-president of the Penta Board of Directors. She has been collaborating with the Penta network since its establishment almost 30 years ago and was crucial in setting up and coordinating the aforementioned network of clinical trials and cohorts.
From everyone here at the Penta team – well done Di!