Dr Philip Supply, Director of Research at the CNRS and Scientific Adviser at GenoScreen, has received the prestigious Gardner Middlebrook Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd Annual Congress of the European Society of Mycobacteriology (ESM) on 26 June 2022 in Bologna – Italy. This award recognizes his outstanding contribution to the study on the genomics of the tuberculosis bacillus, and to the development, in collaboration with GenoScreen, of the first next-generation sequencing test for the comprehensive detection of drug resistance directly from clinical specimens.
The Gardner Middlebrook Award honours scientists who have made important lifetime contributions in the study, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis. Introduced in 1996, the award is named after Gardner Middlebrook (1915-1986), a US physician, a renowned professor and world authority in the field of tuberculosis, who was director of research at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, United States (1952-1964).
Dr Philip Supply works at the Center of Infection and Immunity, at the Pasteur Institute in Lille, France. He devotes his research to the genomics, the evolution and the molecular diagnosis of mycobacterial pathogens. Since 2006, he is also a Scientific Adviser for GenoScreen in molecular microbiology and microbial genomics.
This year's award was presented by Daniela Maria Cirillo, President of the European Society of Mycobacteriology since 2018 and Head of the Emerging Bacterial Pathogens Unit at the San Raffaele Hospital (IRCC) in Milan, Italy.