On the 18 October 2017, Prof. Karen Sliwa was awarded an Honorary Doctoral degree by Paris Diderot, Sorbonne University in recognition of the extensive work that she has done in South Africa, Africa and the world at large predominantly in the fields of Clinical and Pathphysiological research in Cardiovascular disease in pregnancy and post-partum.
The World Heart Federation African Summit on Best Practices and Access to Care was held in Khartoum, Sudan on 10 and 11 October 2017 in collaboration with the Pan African Society of Cardiology, African Heart Network and Sudan Heart Society.
The National Research Foundation in collaboration with the Sweden Embassy in Pretoria and Sefako Makgotho Health Sciences University hosted the annual Nobel inspired lecture in Ga-Rankuwa on Monday, 2nd October 2017.
2017 marks the fourth year of the World Heart Federation Emerging Leaders programme and will focus on access to essential medicines for cardiovascular diseases. Despite the availability for decades of evidence-based medicines to prevent and treat CVD, their use is still very low.
The Cardiovascular Genetics research team (led by Prof Bongani (dean of UCT’s Faculty of Health Sciences) and Dr Gasnat Shaboodien (Deputy Director of the Cardiovascular Genetics unit, HICRA, UCT) that discovered that a mutation in the CDH2 gene can cause a disease known as arrhythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC) has raised public awareness of heart disease in South Africa to a whole new level.
Dr Frederic Nduhirabandi, a postdoctoral researcher at the Hatter Institute, visited a European Research Council (ERC)-funded laboratory in Netherlands in the context of a newly initiated partnership between National Research Foundation (NRF) and ERC.