Country’s leading researchers recognised for remarkable efforts in medical research
The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) paid tribute to some of the country’s leading medical researchers at its prestigious SAMRC Scientific Merit Awards in Cape Town. The esteemed President’s Award as well as the Platinum, Gold and Silver Awards were presented to scientists whose work has had a monumental impact on health science in South Africa.
SAMRC President Professor Glenda Gray bestowed the President’s Award to Director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development Professor Linda Richter for her work, which has made exceptional contributions to medical research in South Africa.
“It is imperative that we recognise research focused on advancing the state of health in our country and that contributes to the global knowledge economy,” said Professor Gray.
The Platinum Awards for a lifetime of exemplary scientific achievement were presented to Professor Salim Abdool Karim and Professor Dan Stein for their inspiring scientific research that has made an outstanding contribution to the health of people living in developing countries.
Renowned Professors Lynn Morris, Rob Warren, Gary Maartens, Nulda Beyers and Robert Wilkinson received Gold Awards for their exceptional work, which has had major scientific breakthroughs in health research. Silver Medals, awarded for major scientific contribution to research in health, were conferred to Professor Anne Gottberg and Dr Jonathan Peter.