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Health Sciences Research Awards

Faculty Research Prize

A call for the 2017 Faculty Research Prize is closed!  

The Faculty Research Prize recognises outstanding research in a given year and is presented annually at the Faculty’s Prize Giving Ceremony (usually held in March/April). A certificate and a cash award of R10 000 (allocated to research) are awarded based on research excellence in publication.

The Faculty Research Prize for 2017 was awarded to Dr Chodziwadziwa Kabudula (from the School of Public Health) for the paper:

Kabudula, C.W., Houle, B., Collinson, M.A., Kahn, K., Gómez-Olivé, F.X., Tollman, S. and Clark, S.J. Socioeconomic differences in mortality in the antiretroviral therapy era in Agincourt, rural South Africa, 2001-13: a population surveillance analysis. Lancet Global Health, 5(9): e924-e935. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(17)30297-8.

Most Prestigious Postgraduate Degree Awards

A call for the Most Prestigious Postgraduate Degrees Awards for 2017 is closed! 

Each year, the Faculty Research Office calls for the nomination of students who have excelled in their postgraduate studies. Awards are presented at the Faculty’s Annual Prize Giving Ceremony, which usually takes place in March. There are three categories of award:

  • Doctorate
  • Masters degrees by dissertation only
  • Masters degrees by coursework and research report

In each category, the student judged to have completed a degree of particular excellence will receive a medal and certificate for the most prestigious degree in that category. If none of the submissions are judged to be of sufficient quality, no award will be made.

The Prestigious Postgraduate Degree Awards for 2017 were awarded to the following individuals: 

Prize Name

Recipient of Prize



Title of Dissertation/Thesis/Research Report

Most Prestigious MMed Degree Award Dr Lee-Anne Godinho Clinical Medicine Professor Charles Feldman Clostriduim difficile infection in Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital
Most Prestigious Masters Degree by Research Work: 100% Full-Time Research Award Ms Candice Martin Therapeutic Sciences Assistant Professor Benita Olivier and Mrs Natalie Benjamin The functional Movement Screen and abdominal muscle activation in the prediction of injuries in high school cricket pace bowlers
Most Prestigious Masters Degree by 50% Coursework and 50% Research Report Ms Bianca Carzis Pathology Ms Tasha Wainstein, Dr Lawrence Gobetz and Professor Amanda Krause An evaluation of preimplantation genetic diagnosis in Johannesburg, South Africa 
Most Prestigious PhD Award Dr Pradeep Kumar Pathology Professors Viness Pillay, Girish Modi, Yahya Choonara and Dr Dinesh Naidoo Design and Development of Bioactive-loaded Polymer Engineered Neural Device for Potential Application in Reducing Neurological Deficits after Spinal cord injuries and Neuro - Regeneration
Nominated to receive the certificates of commendation for the outstanding quality of their PhD Dr Abigail Hatcher Public Health Nicola Christofides, Heidi Stockl and Janet Turan Exploring the effects of intimate partner violence on prevention of mother-to-child transmission serve uptake: A nested cohort study
Nominated to receive the certificates of commendation for the outstanding quality of their PhD Dr Thandiswa Ngcungcu Pathology Professor Michele Ramsay The identification and characterisation of the causative gene mutation for keratolytic winter arythema (KWE) in South African Families
Nominated to receive the certificate of commendation for the outstanding quality of a Masters degree (MSc: Epidemiology and Biostatistics) Dr Gbenga Olorunfemi Public Health Mrs Ntombizodwa Ndlovu and Dr Gwinyai Masukume Trends and determinats of the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer in South Africa  ( 1994-2012)

Research Awards Celebration

The Research Awards Celebration is held every year and it is aimed at recognizing those researchers in the Faculty of Health Sciences who have achieved exceptionally in different aspects related to research in a particular year. 

To view the winners for each year click on the year below: