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COVID-19 | Coronavirus

ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT:

To arrange to connect with a Wits Covid-19 expert, please contact:

To arrange to connect with a Wits-NICD joint appointment expert, please contact:

  • Sinenhlanhla Jimoh
  • Senior Communications Manager
  • National Institute for Communicable Diseases
  • SinenhlanhlaJ@nicd.ac.za / +27 11 386 6409 / +27 (0)82 609 9514

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AREAS OF EXPERTISE

EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

CHERYL COHEN

  • Professor of Epidemiology in the Wits School of Public Health
  • Co-head of the Centre for Respiratory Disease and Meningitis at the NICD
  • Key areas: Medical doctor, epidemiologist, respiratory diseases, national surveillance, case-finding, diagnosis, management and public health response.

ADRIANO DUSE

  • Professor and Head of Department of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases and the National Health Laboratory Services and Wits
  • Key areas: Infection, infectious diseases, cell biology, infectious disease medicine, pathology, infectious disease epidemiology, infection control, antibiotics, tropical medicine, antimicrobials, ‘super bugs’. 

KERRIGAN MCCARTHY

LYNN MORRIS

  • Morris@wits.ac.za / Lynnm@nicd.ac.za
  • Research Professor in the Wits School of Pathology
  • Interim Executive Director of the NICD
  • Key areas: Microbiology, virology, antibody response to HIV

TREATMENT, VACCINES AND HOSPITAL CARE

SHABIR MADHI

  • Professor of Vaccinology, Director of the MRC Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit (RMPRU) at Wits and DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Vaccine Preventable Diseases
  • Immediate past Director of the NICD
  • Former President of the World Society of Infectious Diseases
  • Key areas: Paediatrics, epidemiology and clinical development of vaccines against pneumonia and diarrhoeal disease, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, rotavirus vaccine, and influenza vaccination of pregnant women, vaccinology, pneumonia.

HELEN REES

  • Personal Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Executive Director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI)
  • SA Research Lead on Solidarity clinical trials for COVID-19 treatment regimen; Chair of WHO African Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group; Co-chair WHO Ebola Vaccine Working Group
  • Key areas: HIV prevention, HIV, public health, reproductive health, AIDS, Ebola

FRANCOIS VENTER

  • Professor and Director of Ezintsha and Deputy Executive Director of Wits RHI
  • Key areas: HIV, AIDS, bacterial infections, HIV programme implementation, antiretroviral therapy, opportunistic infection prophylaxis, public sector access to HIV services, medical ethics and human rights, HIV resistance.

FEROZA MOTARA

  • Professor and Academic Head of Emergency Medicine in the School of Clinical Medicine and at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital
  • Key areas: COVID-19 preparedness at CMJAH, life support, HIV post-exposure prophylaxis, defibrillators, emergency medicine, humanitarian medical response to emergencies, disaster medical response.

PUBLIC HEALTH

KAREN HOFMAN

  • Professor and Director of the SAMRC/Wits Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science (PRICELESS SA)
  • Key areas: Social determinants of health, health systems, health economics, paediatrics, health planning

LENORE MANDERSON

  • Distinguished Professor of Medical Anthropology and Public Health in the Wits School of Public Health
  • Key areas: Medical anthropology, anthropology, social history and public health, world renowned A-rated academic in training and research in inequality, social exclusion and marginality, the social determinants of infectious and chronic disease, gender and sexuality, immigration and ethnicity, in Australian, Asian and African settings.

MIGRATION AND MOBILITY

JO VEAREY

POLICY AND GOVERNANCE

IMRAAN VALODIA

  • Professor of Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management
  • Chair of the National Minimum Wage Advisory Panel
  • Head of the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies at Wits
  • Commissioner on the Employment Conditions Commission
  • Key areas: Employment, the informal economy, gender, and industrialisation

ALEX VAN DEN HEEVER

  • Adjunct Professor in the School of Governance and Chair in Social Security Systems
  • Administration and Management Studies
  • Key areas: Health economics and finance, public finance and social security, healthcare management, healthcare quality, healthcare delivery, cost and economic analysis, health equity, health inequality and disparities, and preventive medicine

ENGINEERING AND BIG DATA INNOVATION

MICHAEL LUCAS

  • PhD candidate in the School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Key areas: Antimicrobial surface coatings via cold spray and 3D printing technologies, biomedical engineering, antimicrobial coating technology

BRUCE MELLADO

  • Personal Professor of Physics and High Energy Physics Group at Wits
  • Project lead on COVID-19 Dashboard
  • Key areas: Modelling, Big Data, Higgs boson physics, physics beyond the standard model, high throughput electronics, grid computing.

DAVID M. RUBIN

  • Adjunct Professor in Biomedical Engineering in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering
  • Leads the Biomedical Engineering Research Group 
  • Key areas: Modeling and simulation in medicine, the role of quantitative sciences in medical education, researching novel approaches in the treatment of cancer, modelling intermittent quarantines for standard viral epidemic models
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