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MBRT Research Day 2014

- Wits University

The 2014 Molecular Bioscience Research Thrust (MBRT) Research Day took place at the Wits Club on 4 December 2014.

The aim of this annual cross-faculty meeting was to bring students from the Faculties of Health Sciences and Science together to present and discuss “hot topics” in the field of Molecular Biosciences.

More than 70 delegates saw eleven oral presentations and 32 posters which were presented by postgraduate and postdoctoral students from both faculties and the programme covered a broad range of research topics including the basic sciences, exciting and upcoming technologies and the application of biosciences to medicine and disease such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria, HBV infections, Alzheimer’s disease and cystic fibrosis.

A speaker with an excellent international reputation, are invited to the MBRT Research Day each year to inspire young researchers. This year, Dr Adrienne L. Edkins from Rhodes University was the plenary speaker and she presented on a fascinating topic on the role of molecular chaperones in cancer, titled Cancer biology and the Hsp90 complex: some like it hot.

Sibusiso Senzani, supervised by Professor Bavesh Kana, Dr Tristan A. Scott, supervised by Professor Marco Weinberg; and Dale Liebenberg, supervised by Professor Theresa Coetzer, were awarded prizes for the best oral presentation.

Tarryn Bourhill, supervised by Professor Patrick Arbuthnot, Kerry L. McGowan, supervised by Dr Demetra Mavri-Damelin; and Ditshego Benjamin Ralefeta, supervised by Professor Bavesh Kana) were awarded prizes for the best poster presentation.