Congratulations to Associate Professor Mignon McCulloch who was elected President-Elect of the International Paediatric Transplant Association at their congress in Spain. This is the first time that someone from Africa has the honour of being President Elect and is a wonderful reflection of Mignon's standing in the international community and her contribution to paediatric transplantation.
Dr. John Lawrenson, our cross platform Head of Paediatric Cardiology, has been promoted to Assoc Professor in the Dept of Paediatrics at Stellenbosch University. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement and milestone in his career.
Dr Liesl Zuhlke has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, given as recognition of “someone who has demonstrated exceptional knowledge and commitment to cardiovascular health”. This is a prestigious honour, and a further tribute to her work and contributions.
Prof Bongani Mayosi and Assoc Prof Liesl Zuhlke have been awarded a R12-million grant from the UK-MRC to enable a multi-disciplinary research team to develop a comprehensive understanding of congenital heart disease in Africa. This work aims to reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular disease through improved diagnosis, management and follow-up of African children and adults with CHD. Prof Zar wished them and their team much success with this work.