Start main page content

Health Sciences Research Day & Postgraduate Expo


Health Sciences Research Day and Postgraduate Expo 2016

The Faculty Research Day and Postgraduate Expo 2016 took place over two days. On the 31 August 2016, Dr Paul Harris, Director of Research Informatics at Vanderbilt University and inventor of the REDCap™ software presented a plenary lecture entitled “Advancing health informatics by enabling and nurturing local talent”. His presentation was based on the technical and administrative aspects of the REDCap™ system.

On the morning of the 1st September 2016, Professor Keith Klugman, Director of Pneumonia at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, delivered the second Phillip V Tobias Plenary Lecture entitled “Research to prevent pneumonia deaths in children”.

The Research Day covered five thematic areas namely, Clinical Sciences and Therapeutics for Health; Diseases of Lifestyle; Education Policy and Systems; Infectious Diseases and Molecular and Comparative Biosciences.

Inside Wits Medical School rows of poster boards displayed the work of staff and students. In total, more than 250 researchers and postgraduate students presented their work at this year’s Faculty Research Day and Postgraduate Expo. The event was well attended with 1000 attendees across the Faculty.

Roundtable discussions included topics such as: “targeting behaviour change in diseases of lifestyle”; “are we winning/losing the fight in managing mental health issues in the country”? and “conflict between research and health sciences education in 2016”.

Research Day prize winners:

Clinical Sciences and Therapeutics for Health

Best oral - Nasreen Mahomed

Best poster - Deirdre Kruger

Best student oral – Johannes van Aartsen

Best student poster - Ruchika Meel


Diseases of Lifestyle

Best oral - Eugene Kelly

Best poster - Pascaline Fonteh

Best student oral – Nyasha Mukonowenzou

Best student poster - Mercy Manyame


Education Policy and Systems

Best oral - Linda Hlabangana

Best poster - Lesley Robertson

Best student oral – Felix Limbani

Best student poster - Kaamil Alli


Infectious Diseases

Best oral - Lawrence Long

Best poster - Letitia Greener

Best student oral – Sibusiso Senzani

Best student poster - Courtney Olwagen


Molecular and Comparative Biosciences

Best oral - Susan Williams

Best poster - Sharon Moeno

Best student oral – Nicole Narrandes

Best student poster - Dale Liebenberg