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Cape Town | The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is proud to announce that Professor Malegapuru William Makgoba was recently nominated for the coveted John Maddox Prize. Now in its eighth year, the John Maddox Prize is a joint initiative of the charity Sense about Science that promotes the public interest in sound science and evidence. The award went to forest fire expert Bambang Hero Saharjo and pharmacist Olivier Bernard. However, the judges wanted to draw attention to the extraordinary contribution made by Professor Makgoba, acclaimed for his challenge to AIDS denialism in South Africa, who also went on to expose and improve the treatment of mentally ill patients in the country.