World-renowned HIV researcher Frank Plummer, 67, dies

(BBC) – Frank Plummer, a “scientific maverick” whose research had a profound impact on global public health, has died.

The world-renowned microbiologist was most widely recognised for his groundbreaking work on understanding HIV transmission.

Dr Plummer, 67, was also recognised for leadership roles in the Sars, H1N1 flu and Ebola epidemics.

He had recently spoken publicly about undergoing experimental brain surgery to treat alcoholism.

The researcher died while in Kenya to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a research collaboration between the University of Manitoba and University of Nairobi, reportedly of a heart attack.

“Today we lost a giant,” said Dr Brian Postl, a former classmate of Dr Plummer’s at the University of Manitoba.

“Back in medical school, Frank was clearly a creative thinker and amongst our accomplished MD Class of 1976, distinguished himself as a true leader and visionary.”

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