Undergraduate Researchers Featured for First Time at Annual CHS Symposium
The work of undergraduates was for the first time featured at the annual College of Health Sciences (CHS) Research Symposium.
The two-day event, which offers a platform for researchers at the College to display the results of their investigations, was themed: Innovation and Transformation in Health Sciences.
Work done by postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers at the College was featured, and also for the first time that of undergraduate students.
The scientific committee reviewed abstracts, finally accepting 77 that were presented as either oral or poster offerings.
Speaking at the opening of the symposium, CHS Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College, Professor Busisiwe Ncama, said in order to be a research-led institution, the University conducted research and produced findings that provided new knowledge and information. ‘Our mission also requires UKZN’s researchers to go further by conducting research of high quality leading to important new findings that impact the field of study and therefore enhance the stature in the Institution.’
UKZN’s Big Data Informatics Research Flagship Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Francesco Petruccione, spoke on how the emerging quantum technologies were crucial to the success of the Big Data-centered new world.
African Cities of the Future Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rob Slotow, and Professor Relebohile Moletsane, Social Cohesion Pro Vice-Chancellor, also addressed the gathering.
Master’s students who won prizes for their presentations were Kiolan Naidoo; Bongiwe Khumalo; Lerise Anne Peter Merantha Moodley; Deshanta Naicker; Siphesihle Mdlalose and Navlin Naidoo.
In the PhD category, winners were Naeem Sheik Abdul; Louansha Nandlal; Taskeen Fathima Docrat; Tshidi Thaane; Daniel Hassan; Atal Anudeep; Singh Gill; Munirah Motala; Andrew Ross; Veena Singaram; Ayman Yahia Waddad; Saeeda Paruk; Deshini Naidoo; Thembelihle Zulu and Ruma Maji
Fifth-year Medical student, Mr Kapil Narain, won the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award which was presented for the first time.
First prize winners received international travel vouchers worth R30 000, while runners-up got National Travel vouchers valued at R15 000, enabling them to attend conferences of their choice.
Said Acting College Dean of Research, Dr Michelle Gordon, ‘For successful collaborations and partnerships to develop, trust is key - and trust can only be built if you get to know one another and this symposium provides an opportunity for just that.’
The symposium was sponsored by Discovery Health, the Durban ICC, Hilton Hotel and Van Schaik Bookstore.
Words: Lihle Sosibo