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.
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.
Dr Mignon McCulloch has been awarded the Roscoe Robinson award from the International Society of Nephrology for her contributions to paediatric nephrology globally. She will be presented with this award at the World Congress of Nephrology in Mexico later this year. This is one of the most prestigious awards in nephrology (adult and paediatrics) - it is extraordinary for someone to get this award at this stage of their career, so a huge accolade for Mignon and the work that she has done.
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.