Job Joab BwayoBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39125.581713.FA (Published 15 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:590
- Peter Moszynski
The senseless death of Professor Job Joab Bwayo, one of Africa's leading research scientists, in a violent carjacking in Nairobi has sent shockwaves across Kenya and caused consternation and dismay among his fellow researchers world wide.
The head of the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Dr Davy Koech, described Professor Bwayo as “one of Africa's most distinguished and accomplished career scientists of his time.”
Dr Kevin M De Cock, director of HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organization, told the BMJ: “Professor Job Bwayo was a respected, committed scientist who made important contributions to HIV vaccine research. His senseless and tragic death is a great loss to his family, Kenya and Africa, and HIV/AIDS science.”
His former collaborator Professor Andrew McMichael, director of John Radcliffe Hospital's Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, commented: “Professor Bwayo built the capacity for Kenyans to conduct high quality vaccine trials, founding the internationally respected Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative (KAVI). He was trying to help young Kenyans, …