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Media statement

20 May 2014

SA Medical Research Council scientists aim for top awards

Three SA Medical Research Council (MRC) scientists have been selected as finalists for the 2013/2014 NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards.

The prestigious awards, which recognize excellence in science, engineering, technology and innovation are a flagship project of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) and have been running since 1998, and in partnership with BHP Billiton since 2011.

Professor Shabir Madhi, Director of the MRC /Wits Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit; Professor Christine Lochner who is Co-Director of the MRC Unit on Anxiety and Stress Disorders Research Unit and Professor Valerie Mizrahi, Director of the MRC/NHLS/UCT Molecular Mycobacteriology Research Unit were selected in the category that celebrates an individual for an exceptional contribution to the research sector over the last 5-10 years.

Professor Mizrahi is also a finalist in a separate category that recognises her outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology over a lifetime; while Professor Madhi is the recipient of 2013 MRC Lifetime achievement Award. Other 2013 MRC Scientific Achievement awardees recognized this year in the NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards include Emeritus Professor Eric Bateman and Professor Keertan Dheda. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in 03 July 2014 in Gauteng.

Notes to the media practitioner:
For More Information on the NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards visit:

Mrs Wilna Eksteen
National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)
+27 12 841 3987 /4995 / 2708

In acknowledging the work of these leading scientists the MRC would like to encourage the nomination of eligible scientists for the 2014 MRC Scientific Merit Awards. The MRC Scientific Merit Awards nomination process is currently open and will be closing on the 31st of May 2014

For More Information on the MRC Scientific Merit Awards visit:


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