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Prof van As receives
2018 Alan Pifer Award
Professor Sebastian van As, head of the Red Cross War
Memorial Children’s Hospital Trauma Unit, has won the
2018 Alan Pifer Research Award. The award recognises
the important research he has conducted over the past
20 years into child safety in South Africa.
Van As has made it his life’s work
to treat and prevent childhood
injury. And it is the research he has
conducted over the past 20 years
in support of this aim that has now
garnered him the 2018 Alan
Pifer Award.
“Traditionally, hospitals focus on the
treatment and rehabilitation of injuries,
or the cure,” says Van As. “But when it
comes to children, the prevention
of injury is an ethical imperative.”
The award, which carries a purse of
ZAR20 000, is awarded annually by
UCT’s vice-chancellor in recognition
of outstanding welfare-related
research that benefits South Africa’s
disadvantaged people.
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