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Annual Research Day


For the first time ever, the 2017 MRD took place over a 2-day period (Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th October 2017). This year, the research day theme was “Mentoring in Research” as a way of celebrating young and upcoming clinical and basic science researchers in the Department. The programs also took place at the Nico Malan Recreational Hall, GSH and away from our traditional lecture theatre II at NGSH due to renovations at the venue. For many attendees, the Wednesday program was a hit as the talks focused on practical aspects of research (such as how to write a paper, how to write a grant, parenting in research etc from respected speakers from the Faculty. The day ended with a poster presentation session with 29 research posters presented from various Divisions.

The program of Thursday took a more traditional approach with oral presentation of abstracts from various Divisions in the Department of Medicine. However, these presentations were interspersed with talks on “Research highlights” (one from Division of Neurology [Prof J. Heckmann] and a second from Division of Infectious Diseases [ Prof G. Mentjies]). The Jack Brock lecture was given by Prof V Lambert (Sports Sciences UCT) while the annual Bernard Pimstone Memorial Lecture was presented by Prof Alta Schutte (North West University). The highlight of the Thursday program was a session titled Dragon’s Den (named after the BBC entrepreneurial start up program on TV). For the MRD version, we chose “Dragons” (Profs N Khumalo, G Mentjies and N Ntusi) who are accomplished researchers with insight on granting requirements to assess “grants” proposal from aspiring researchers (Drs Phumla Sinxadi, Sean Wessermann and Charle Viljoen).

The program ended with prize giving to the best basic sciences and clinical sciences presentations in the poster and oral category by the HOD of Medicine (Prof N Ntusi), who also thanked all for attending and thanked the organizing committee for a job well done. Despite our fears of poor attendance due to the use of a different venue away from hospital premises, the program was well attended on both days with very high-quality research presentations.

We received financial support from Novartis and Discovery.

Some Pictures from the Event


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