Call for Nominations Now Open: SAMRC Scientific Merit Awards

Cape Town | The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is seeking nominations for the 2018 SAMRC Scientific Merit Awards. The prestigious awards, which are in their fifth consecutive year, recognise scientists whose work has had a monumental impact on health research in South Africa. The call for nominations will close on 31 May 2018.

The Awards has an established set of medal to recognise world-class science. Platinum Medals are awarded for a lifetime of exemplary scientific achievement. Gold Medals are awarded to researchers who have made influential contributions that have impacted on health, while Silver Medals are awarded to up-and-coming scientists who have made important scientific contributions within ten years of receiving a PhD or MMed. The President’s Award, conferred at the discretion of the SAMRC President, is awarded to scientists who have made an exceptional life-long contribution to medical research.

Last year’s winners include eminent and internationally renowned epidemiologist, activist and medical doctor Professor Zena Stein who was conferred the President’s Award. Professor Stein was recognised for her commendable work in the field of maternal health. Professor Valerie Mizrahi received the Platinum award, while Professors Charles Parry, Gita Ramjee, Thumbi Ndung’u, Carolyn Williamson and Frank Tanser received gold awards for major contributions to medical research both nationally and internationally.

The SAMRC 2017 Silver medals were conferred to Professors Marian Loveday, Asley Van Niekerk, Nelesh Govender and Michelle Groom for their post-doctoral research that has made contributions to science.

The SAMRC Scientific Merit Awards winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held on the 30th August 2018 at the SAMRC headquarters in Cape Town.

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