Dr Gasnat Shaboodien gives Nobel Inspired Lecture in Pretoria

31 Oct 2017 - 14:15
TOP LEFT: Dr Gasnat Shaboodien, Ambassador of Sweden Her Excellency Cecilia Julin TOP RIGHT: Dr Molapo Qhobela, National Research Foundation, CEO BOTTOM LEFT: Dr Gasnat Shaboodien, Ambassador of Sweden Her Excellency Cecilia Julin BOTTOM RIGHT: Professor

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.

The event celebrated the long-standing friendship between Sweden and South Africa along with the technological and scientific advances that spur development and improve conditions for humanity.

Dr Gasnat Shaboodien, deputy director of the cardiovascular genetics unit at the University of Cape Town, delivered a lecture on the ground-breaking research aimed to discover the genetic basis of inherited heart diseases that cause sudden death.

She was part of the South African team that made the ground-breaking science discovery, heralded as the most significant for South African medical science since the first human-to-human heart transplant in 1967.  Dr Gasnat Shaboodien spoke about the difficulty of her groundbreaking research aimed to discover the cause of sudden death caused by cardiac problems. 

The lecture was attended by researchers and students from different universities and science councils within the Nobel fields.

The Nobel inspired lecture was launched in 2014 and annually brings together prominent researchers in the fields of economic sciences, medicine/physiology, physics, chemistry, peace and literature for an event coinciding with the announcement of the Nobel lauretes.

The Lecture is available on youtube and can be viewed here