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
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