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Welcome July 2022


The Newsletter is an opportunity for us to present retrospective research article collections to showcase research excellence from the different disciplines in the Faculty, celebrate staff awards and achievements, highlight upcoming events and share general information.

I am pleased to take this opportunity to congratulate Professor Frederick Raal who was awarded an A-rating by the South African National Research Foundation. An A-rating is awarded to leading international researchers in their respective fields. The Faculty is proud to be home to nine of these leaders. Congratulations to our four excellent researchers who were nominated in various categories of the 2021/2022 NSTF-South32 Awards, for their outstanding contribution to Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation in South Africa. Winners will be announced on the 21st July, 2022.

This month we have chosen to highlight the article entitled “The intersecting pandemics of tuberculosis and Covid-19: population-level and patient-level impact, clinical presentation, and corrective interventions” published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine. Well done to Harry Moultrie, Neil Martinson, Salome Charalambous, Cheryl Cohen, Stefano Tempia, and collaborators for bringing the major challenges of TB control efforts in the era of Covid-19 into the spotlight. We hope you enjoy reading this article, and others we have included with the links for you to access, read and download.

Lastly, the Faculty Research Day is just around the corner. This is the one day in the Faculty research calendar that you don’t want to miss. On 15th September, 2022, staff and students will showcase their research in what promises to be a spectacular Research Day – our first face-to-face event post lifting of all COVID-19 restrictions. Register onlineand join us in celebrating the various research activities in the Faculty! I would also like to express my gratitude to all the Faculty researchers, students and support staff who work tirelessly to make our Faculty great.

Congratulations to Professor Frederick Raal on recently being awarded an NRF A1-rating!

Professor Raal is the Head, Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism Director, Carbohydrate and Lipid Metabolism Research Unit in the School of Clinical Medicine.

Professor Raal has received numerous post-graduate wards including the TH Bothwell Research Prize, the FJ Milne award, and the University of the Witwatersrand Vice Chancellor’s Research Award in 2015.

He has authored or co-authored over 350 original articles and book chapters and has reviewed for several international journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, Circulation, and Atherosclerosis. He is on the Editorial Board of Atherosclerosis and is a Board member of the International Atherosclerosis Society. He was also named the most highly-cited researcher in 2019 and 2021 respectively.