William Bishai has been named the first director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV in Durban, South Africa. Bishai, who currently heads up a tuberculosis research center at Johns Hopkins University, says he is eager to build up the basic science and educational aspects of the new institute.

The research center was formed in 2009 and is funded jointly by the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to focus on the tuberculosis and HIV epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as to train scientists in the region.

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