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UCT Heart Researchers honoured for “Excellent Achievement in the Field of Genetic Research” from the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) of South Africa

15 May 2017 - 10:45
(Far left) Moulana Abdul Khaliq Allie (2nd left) Dr Gasnat Shaboodien (3rd left) Sheigh Irfaan Abrahams (president of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), (4th left) Dr Maryam Fish (2nd right) Dr Sarah Kraus and (far right) Sheigh Shahid

 

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. The researchers have been inundated with requests for television, radio, newspaper, magazine and online interviews.

The CDH2 gene discovery continues to garner accolades. The team of females, Drs Gasnat Shaboodien, Maryam Fish and Sarah Kraus, each received the “Excellent Achievement in the Field of Genetic Research” award from the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) of South Africa on the 26th March 2017 in recognition of their excellent research and the CDH2 gene discovery.

 

By:  Mlamli Tshaka