First SANTHE Research Day in South Africa

Friday, 8 June, 2018

The first trainee meeting for South African based SANTHE trainees took place at Crinkly Bottom in Durban, South Africa, 6 to 7 June this year.

This Research Day, an annual event that takes place at all SANTHE sites throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, brings trainees and their supervisors out of their laboratories to share their work and learn about the breadth of academic endeavours taking place beyond their own areas of research.

“Best Presentation” trophies were awarded to Tawanda Mandizvo, SANTHE PhD trainee based at AHRI, and to Upasana Ramphal, SANTHE Masters trainee based at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP)/University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). “Best Elevator Pitch” of the day went to Sharon Khuzwayo, SANTHE PhD trainee based at AHRI. And, “Best Contributor” to the meeting went to Marcel Tongo Passo, SANTHE Post-doctoral trainee based at AHRI.

Professor Frank Tanser from the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) was Keynote Speaker for the event. His research aims to evaluate and design intervention strategies to drive back the HIV epidemic and its negative consequences in communities hardest hit by the epidemic. In 2018, Tanser was honoured by the South African Medical Research Council with the Gold Medal Scientific Achievement Award in recognition of the excellence of his research.

Mishka Muthen, SANTHE Masters trainee, KRISP, UKZN.Doty Okanda, SANTHE PhD trainee, AHRI.Wendy Mphatswe, SANTHE PhD trainee, UKZN, and Lenine Liebenberg, SANTHE Collaborative Grant Awardee, CAPRISA.Tawanda Mandizvo, SANTHE PhD trainee, AHRI.Lerato Ndlovu, SANTHE PhD trainee, AHRI.Jesus Salazar-Gonzalez, SANTHE Supervisor, MRC-UVRI.SANTHE trainees network during a tea break.Kavidha Reddy, SANTHE Supervisor, AHRI, and Bonisile Luthuli, SANTHE PhD trainee, AHRI.