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Dear Colleagues,

UPDATE: Congratulations to the Wits Winners at last night's 2017 NRF Research Awards! Congratulations too, to Professor Shabir Madhi (Vaccinology) on receiving his 2nd-time NRF A-rating, and Professors Christopher Mathew (Human Genetics) and Derk Brouwer (Public Health) for their 1st time NRF A-rating; Ms Shakira Choonara for her Next Generation Researchers Excellence Award; and Dr Tiisetso Lephoto for her Excellence in Science Engagement Award.

August is awards month in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and this year was no different. Dean of the Faculty, Professor Martin Veller and I were proud to host the 2017 Health Sciences Research Awards Breakfast honouring the Faculties’ researchers and Research Entities for their outstanding achievements. Congratulations to all for your continued pursuit of research excellence! It is my pleasure to also congratulate Associate Professor Benita Olivier (Therapeutic Sciences) who has been selected as a member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), just one of 10 members selected this year. Further congratulations to Dr Alisha Wade (Wits MRC) for receiving the Fogarty International Emerging Global Leader Award.

In this edition of the newsletter, we take a look at a research study conducted by Dr Himani Pandya (Community Paediatrics) and peers on the contribution of reflective portfolios to support learning and personal growth of MSc child health and MPH students at Wits. We also congratulate Wits Alumna, Dr Linda Greenwall, who received the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in recognition of her services to dentistry and charity in the United Kingdom and overseas.

The Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform (WADDP) and the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology hosted two visiting scientists from India and Mauritius. Both delivered the Annual Prestigious WADDP Research Lecture in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry respectively.   

The School of Anatomical Sciences has also had a busy few months, with a number of exciting activities taking place. You can read all about them here

The Carnegie-WITS Alumni Diaspora Programme was pleased to host Carnegie-WITS Fellow Dr Neil Gordon for the second time, albeit for a few days only; the first was in the midst of the Fees Must Fall Protest in 2015. The Programme also hosted its first Symposium for all Carnegie-WITS Hosts since its inception in 2010. The event, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westcliff, was attended by over 30 participants, including two Carnegie-WITS Fellows and a Carnegie Corporation Representative, Ms Claudia Frittelli.

Don't forget to send us your department or school's latest research news, and we hope to see you all at the Wits Wellness Day on the 15th of September 2017.


Prof. Maria Papathanasopoulos

August/September 2017

Health Sciences Research News August 2017