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[Perspectives] Soumya Swaminathan: re-energising tuberculosis research in India

Paediatrician and clinical scientist Soumya Swaminathan is best known for her groundbreaking research on tuberculosis (TB). Last year, much to her surprise, she was appointed Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Secretary of the Department of Health Research (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) of the Government of India. Swaminathan is only the second woman to lead the ICMR, which was established in 1911, and the only woman to currently head any government science agency in India.