What impact are increasing treatment options for HIV carriers having on society as a whole? What are the effects on life expectancy? And how does employment consequently develop in a society? In his work, the epidemiologist Till Bärnighausen not only examines the group of carriers and sufferers, he also makes connections to society as a whole – an approach that has gained him a global reputation. Bärnighausen’s analyses of the effectiveness, costs and benefits of HIV prevention and interventions have not only caught the attention of the research community, they are also being adopted by organisations like the World Bank and the World Health Organisation. As a Humboldt Professor in Heidelberg, Till Bärnighausen is expected to drive global health research, which has been a somewhat neglected research area in Germany until now.
Nominating University: Heidelberg University
Professor Dr Till Winfried Bärnighausen
Born in Germany in 1969, Till Bärnighausen took his doctorate at Heidelberg University where he also trained as a general medical practitioner. He continued his training at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the University of London and Harvard School of Public Health. In 2004, he moved to the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa as an associate professor and has worked there at the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies ever since. In 2009, he began teaching and conducting research at Harvard University in Cambridge, USA. Till Bärnighausen is a member of a number of societies, such as the International AIDS Society. In September 2016 he took up his position as a Humboldt Professor in Heidelberg.