Dr. Salim S. Abdool Karim, MD, PhD, DSc is a South African epidemiologist who is well known as one of the worlds foremost AIDS researchers. He holds many positions across the globe, such as the Director of the center for AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), faculty positions at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He also holds positions at The Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), MIT ,Harvard University, the UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel, multiple World Health Organization committees, World, African and American Academies of Sciences, board of Lancet Global Health, Lancet-HIV, and the New England Journal of Medicine. One of his prominent contributions to the field of research is the tenofovir gel trial, which provided proof that antiretroviral drugs could prevent the sexual transmission of HIV and herpes in women. He is still conducting research at CAPRISA with his wife and has recently accepted the Platinum Lifetime Award from the South African Medical Research Council for his contributions.