Awards

National Science & Technology Forum Award

2015/16

 

Crick Lund

Professor Crick Lund, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences.
TW Kambule-NSTF Award for research and its outputs.

The research of Professor Crick Lund, director of the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Health, has pioneered the development of mental policies and services to address the growing burden of mental illness in South Africa and other low and middle-income countries (LMIC). His scientific work has had a significant impact on the development of norms for mental health services, drafting of national mental health policies, development of WHO guidelines for mental health policy and services, identification of major social determinants of mental illness in LMIC, interventions that address the cycle of poverty and mental illness, and delivery and evaluation of new models of mental health care.

 

Sue Harrison

Professor Sue Harrison, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.
Research or Engineering Capacity Development Award.

Professor Sue Harrison, director of the Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research and DST/NRF SARChI chair in bioprocess engineering, is an accomplished bioprocess engineer, integrating the chemical engineering, mineral processing and biotechnology disciplines. Through inter-disciplinary research, her expertise in bioprocess systems, bioreactor design and process integration delivers solutions for bioremediation, mineral bioprocessing, algal biotechnology, fine chemicals and bioenergy. Harrison’s research builds a holistic understanding of the biology, engineering and bioprocesses, essential to a sustainable bioeconomy, based on maximising renewable materials and resource productivity while minimising waste burden, including wastewater burden.

 

Peter Dunsby

Professor Peter Dunsby, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Science.
Research or Engineering Capacity Development Award.

Peter Dunsby is professor of cosmology and co-director of the Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre (in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics). His strategy for developing human capital has over the past twelve years focused on a pioneering initiative to develop the next generation of astronomers and space scientists – The National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme. He has also developed a highly successful integrated research programme in his own discipline (theoretical cosmology), involving postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and international collaborators, which has led to a significant growth of research capacity at UCT and at other tertiary institutions in South Africa.

 

Tolu Oni

Associate Professor Tolullah Oni, Department of Public Health and Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences.
TW Kambule-NSTF Award for emerging researcher.

The research of Associate Professor Tolullah Oni, senior lecturer at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, aims to contribute significantly to knowledge on the changing patterns of disease and the implications this has for the health and wellbeing of the population in the context of urbanisation. Her current research focuses on urban health and equity, and specifically on the understanding of the interaction between commonly co-occurring chronic conditions (HIV, TB and non-communicable diseases), upstream health determinants, the unplanned urban environment and the impact on health outcomes. 

 

Sudesh Sivarasu

Dr Sudesh Sivarasu, Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences.
TW Kambule-NSTF Award for emerging researcher.

Up to to 95% of medical devices are imported in South Africa. This is primarily due to lack of innovations related to medical devices within the country. To change this situation, Dr Sudesh Sivarasu, senior lecturer in biomedical engineering, adopted his Frugal Biodesign Process™ and has developed several medical devices in the last five years. These devices are at various technology readiness levels (TRLs) and some of the devices are in pre-clinical devices. During this process, Dr Sivarasu has filed four patent family applications and has three granted patents for medical devices and several MedTech awards for his innovations. 

2014/15

 

Ms Khilona Radia, CEO of Antrum Biotech.
Research leading to innovation.

UCT spinoff company, Antrum Biotech, was honoured for the development of an accurate rapid test for extra-pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). While diagnostics for conventional TB through DNA-based sputum tests are very effective, this is not the case in extra-pulmonary TB which occurs outside the lungs. This technology will save lives as well as healthcare costs.

 

Associate Professor Grant Theron, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences.
TW Kambule-NSTF award for an emerging researcher.

Associate Professor Theron was awarded the TW Kambule-NSTF award in recognition of his work in TB diagnosis and transmission. His work on the evaluation of a DNA-based TB diagnostic test called Xpert has influenced national and global health policy; it includes a four-country randomised controlled trial that was the first to demonstrate its clinical impact and feasibility at the point-of-care when done by non-technical staff.

 

Professor Jennifer Jelsma, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Developing research capacity.

Professor Jelsma, of the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, was one of the first physiotherapists in South Africa to obtain her PhD. She has been at the forefront of developing a culture of research in the rehabilitation sciences. Jelsma's work includes the development of postgraduate courses and running research workshops in South Africa, Africa and Europe.

 

Professor Dan Stein

Professor Dan Stein, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences.
TW Kambule award for research.

Professor Stein is head of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, and director of the Brain Behaviour Initiative and of the MRC Unit on Anxiety and Stress Disorders. His research ranges from laboratory research on animal models through to clinical investigations on neurobiology and the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as epidemiological and public mental health research.

2013/14

 

Professor Eric Bateman

Emeritus Professor Eric Bateman, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Recognition of an individual for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology over a lifetime.

Director and founder of the UCT Lung Institute in the Department of Medicine, Emeritus Professor Bateman has been a leader on asthma research worldwide, as well as in improving methods of delivering primary care in low- to middle-income countries. He has contributed to the understanding and treatment of asthma and related diseases in South Africa and globally.

 

 

Professor Keertan Dheda, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Exceptional support of the fields of science, engineering and technology through research and its outputs over the last 5 to 10 years.

Head of the Division of Pulmonology in the Department of Medicine, Professor Dheda is best known for his seminal contribution to understanding the pathogenesis, diagnosis, management and control of drug-resistant TB in South Africa.

 

Professor Arnaud Malan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.
Individual or team for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology through research leading to innovation in a corporate institution or organisation.

Arnaud Malan, Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is primarily responsible for developing Elemental software, which enables scientists to study the dynamics of fluid flow, and offer accurate predications and unprecedented insights. A sophisticated analysis technique, it offers multiple predictions with diverse applications from aircraft design to heart valves.

2012/13

 

Emeritus Professor Robert Millar, Department of Integrative Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Recognition of an individual for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering, technology and innovation over a lifetime.

Emeritus Professor Millar, director of the University of Cape Town/Medical Research Council (MRC) Receptor Biology Group and director, Mammal Research Unit, University of Pretoria, was honoured for his work as leader in the field of endocrinology.

 

Professor Graeme Cumming

Professor Graeme Cumming, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science.
TW Kambule Award to an individual for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology through research and its outputs in the last 5 to 10 years.

Professor Cumming received this award in honour of his work in the theory and application of complexity theory in ecological and social-ecological systems. This includes the development of new frameworks to analyse the linked systems of people and nature, as well as in-depth analysis of specific conservation problems.

 

Emeritus Professor Gerhard de Jager and Associate Professor Mqhele Dlodlo, Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.
Individual or team for an outstanding contribution to SETI through research leading to innovation.

Emeritus Professor De Jager and Associate Professor Mqhele were rewarded for their work on adaptive real-time internet streaming technology (ARTIST). Through ARTIST the pair developed solutions for internet congestion in low bandwidth areas.

2011/12

 

Professor Bongani Mayosi, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences.
Outstanding contribution to science, engineering, technology and innovation through management and related activities over the last 5 to 10 years.

Professor Mayosi, head of the Department of Medicine, was commended for his important work in building, managing and leading capacity development in research at the Groote Schuur Hospital which has achieved very significant output, and has led to the discovery of genetic causes and prevention of heart disease and clinical features of pericardial TB.

 

Professor Heather Zar, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Individual for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering, technology and innovation through research and its outputs over the last 5 to 10 years.

Professor Zar, head of the Department of Paediatric Pulmonology, was rewarded for her research and breakthroughs in the understanding and management of childhood pneumonia, TB and asthma. Zar has led the development of a strong clinical translational research programme, producing cutting-edge research that has changed global practice and improved child health through better diagnostic, preventative and management strategies. 

 

Dr Amanda Weltman, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Science.
TW Kambule award for an emerging researcher.

Dr Weltman was recognised for a number of highly significant contributions to theoretical cosmology; in particular the development of the chameleon mechanism, a novel theory that may explain dark energy: the mysterious fluid causing the universe to accelerate its expansion. This innovative work has led to hundreds of papers on the topic, and to a search for such particles in an array of laboratory experiments on earth as well as possible astrophysical searches.

 

Emeritus Professor Kit Vaughan, Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences: Research leading to innovation.

Emeritus Professor Vaughan, from the Department of Human Biology, was rewarded for his work on the PantoScanner by CapeRay Medical (Pty)(Ltd). The PantoScanner effectively enhances the clinician's ability to diagnose breast cancer by combining the best of low-dose X-rays and ultrasound. The PantoScanner combines digital X-rays and ultrasound images in a patented device, producing a breakthrough technology platform.

 

Dr Peter Carrick, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science.
Research leading to innovation.

Dr Carrick, of the Plant Conservation Unit was honoured for his work in the Namaqualand Restoration Initiative (NRI) and its supporting organisation Nurture, Restore, Innovate. The NRI uses extensive and ongoing ecological research, and business and socio-economic nous to design and implement systems that restore globally important biodiversity and generate livelihoods through the rehabilitation of degraded lands.

2010/11

 

Emeritus Professor Lionel Opie, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Individual over a lifetime.

Lionel Opie, emeritus professor of cardiology and founding director of the Hatter Institute for Cardiology Research, was hailed for his contribution to the improved understanding of the causes of heart attacks, and the more effective use of medication for heart disease.

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