Prof D du Toit

Daniel Du Toit is currently Professor and the Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Faculty of Science, Tshwane University of Technology. He is in possession of a PhD in Physiology (Human Reproduction) and has been head of this department since 1997. He has been appointed on various Committees by the Minister of Health in the past 15 years. He was the chairperson of the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) Ethics Committee and Animal Ethics Committee from 2002 to 2016. He was also a member of the MRC Ethics Committee and Animal Ethics Committee from 1998 to 2002. Daniel was appointed as chairperson of the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) since 2006 until August 2016. He served on the Board of the MRC form 1998 till 2003 and again from 2008 till 2010. He also serves as a Board member of the African Clinical research organization (ACRO) and chair the Ethics and Social committee of ACRO. Daniel was the founder of the Senate Ethics Committee of Tshwane University of Technology and chaired that committee. He was until recently chairperson of the Faculty of Science Ethics Committee and a member of the Faculty of Sciences Higher Degree Committee at Tshwane University of Technology. He studied ethics at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities in the United States of America and attended the IRENSA courses at the Bio-Ethics Centre of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Cape Town. He have participated in the research programmes of the University of Pretoria, MRC and the Tshwane University of Technology and was actively involved in producing 17 master and 9 doctoral students and managing research in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Tshwane University of Technology. Daniel was recently appointed as a task team member by ASSAF to investigate the status of Biosafety and Biosecurity in South Africa. A document to this regard has recently been launched by ASSAF. He has published 45 papers in national and international accredited journals and presented more than161 papers and posters on national and international level.