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9th edition of the Prize of the Rudolf Geigy Foundation for Research: CSRS, 1st institution outside Swiss TPH to win the prize

The Rudolf Geigy Prize 2016 was awarded on Friday, 9 December 2016 at the Congress Hall of the City of Basel, Switzerland. It is an award for researchers whose research activities are based on the work of Laboratory and field studies. Dr. Jean Coulibaly, associate researcher at the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques in Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS) and Lecturer at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny University and Giovana Raso senior researcher at Swiss TPH, have been nominated winners of this edition. This is the first time that a researcher associated with an institution other than the Swiss TPH wins this award. Dr. Jean Coulibaly wanted to present and dedicate the award to the CSRS on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 during the traditional coffee break.

His academic career
In 2009, Jean Tenena Coulibaly joined CSRS as a PhD student. His thesis focused on "the epidemiology and diagnosis of schistosomiasis in children under 5 years of age in Azaguié, south Côte d’Ivoire". Three (3) years later, he defended his thesis at the Swiss TPH institute associated with the University of Basel and became a post-Doc researcher associated with the CSRS. His work focuses on the epidemiology and development of diagnostic tools for schistosomiasis and helminthiasis and questions related to the optimization of treatments in the management of these pathologies. His research leads him both in the field and in reference laboratories. These are now crowned by the Rudolf Geigy Award for Research 2016 edition. "Let the collaboration continue," says Dr. Jean Coulibaly. For him, "it is the sum of all actions that gives the result". For this reason, he never ceases to thank the entire CSRS administration, starting with the Directorate General and all the staff.



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