Dr Shrish Budree has been awarded the Hamilton Naki scholarship to undertake work on the role of the intestinal microbiome in childhood pneumonia in the Drakenstein child health study. He will be doing this work as part of his PhD and in collaboration with Ramnik Xavier's lab at the Broad Institute, Boston and our own microbiology and Drakenstein teams at the Red Cross Children's Hospital. The Department wishes him much success with this exciting work.
The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital is the largest ICU for children in Africa. This 22-bed facility is a remarkable life-saving unit providing emergency care for critically ill or injured children, mostly from within the Western Cape, but also from areas further afield such as the Eastern Cape and other African countries.
Prof Heather Zar (Director in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health) thanked all members in the Department who contributed to the very successful GP Refresher course which was held on 30 July. A special thanks was issued to the organising committee, Dr James Nuttall, Dr Shirani Naidoo and Dr Kirsty Donald for all their work in ensuring the excellent paediatric update for GP's.
A celebratory lunch was hosted on the 2nd June to celebrate the successful trainees in the recent College exams and graduating masters and doctoral students as well as to celebrate the contribution of Dr Sandy Pienaar who is retiring.