year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 120



IMPROVING AND
SAVING
LIVES
Professor Heather Zar is the
recipient of the 2017 Alan Pifer
Award – presented annually
by UCT’s vice-chancellor in
recognition of outstanding
socially responsive research.
She is chair of the Department of
Paediatrics and Child Health at the
Red Cross War Memorial Children’s
Hospital and director of the South
African Medical Research Council’s
Child and Adolescent Lung Health
Unit.
Over the past 20 years, Zar has
created new strategies to address
key childhood illnesses and has
helped improve and save the lives
of thousands of children through
research and innovation in child
health.
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