Faculty of Health Sciences
Prof TJ Mariba, Dean
Telephone number: 012 354 2386
Fax number: 012 329 1351
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preface by the Dean
Measures taken to improve a decline in research output in the Faculty of Health Sciences already reversed the trend. These measures included the following:
Identification of research priority areas (focus areas), namely cancer research (targeting development of novel anti-cancer agents and development of molecular procedures to identify individuals at highest risk for development of certain types of cancer) and infectious diseases research (HIV/ Aids immunopathogenesis which can be used to design vaccines and drugs, tuberculosis immunopathogenesis also used in drug design studies, identification at molecular level of mechanisms for antibiotic resistance in common microbial pathogens and identification and development of novel anti-malaria agents).
The University's investment in the Virtual Molecular Medicine Research Centre resulted in the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment and the recruitment of a number of distinguished recognised researchers by the Faculty. This should further improve the competitiveness of the Faculty with regard to research output and the attraction of funding from national and international funding agencies.
To inform, stimulate and inspire researchers the Faculty newsletter has been revived. The two MRC centres are very productive. All researchers are encouraged to apply for their NRF rating.
I feel confident that research in the Faculty will improve significantly by the end of 2005.