year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 118



UCT SCIENTISTS SHINE AT NRF AWARDS
UCT’s top scientific minds dominated at the 2018 National Research
Foundation (NRF) Awards ceremony, accounting for 11 of the 37 academics
honoured at the prestigious annual event.
to augment current treatment
protocols.
In her nomination, Vice-Chancellor
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng
said Marakalala aimed to increase
educational opportunities in Africa to
help address local challenges. He also
intended boosting research capacity
on the continent by training MSc and
PhD students from disadvantaged
backgrounds.
The Hamilton Naki Award also
went to UCT, with Associate
Professor Edmund February, from the
Department of Biological Sciences
in the Faculty of Science, being
In the Special Awards category,
Dr Mohlopheni Marakalala, a
senior lecturer in the Faculty of
Health Sciences’ Department of
Pathology, took one of two Emerging
Researcher accolades. This award
recognises outstanding research
excellence by current beneficiaries
of Thuthuka grants, a key NRF
intervention to support emerging
researchers.
Marakalala’s research focuses
on understanding immune factors
associated with the pathological
progression of tuberculosis (TB), with
a view to developing new therapies
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