TWAS-SAREP Congratulate the following 5 newly elected TWAS Fellows from sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya, Uganda and South Africa). TWAS elected 36 new members to bring the total membership to 1,278 and 12 of the new members are women. The new members will be formally inducted at the next TWAS General Meeting.
GRAY, Glenda Elisabeth (South Africa): (F). President and CEO, South African Medical Research Council, South Africa. The nominee's major contribution is the field of HIV, where she has played a key role in transforming the response to the epidemic of perinatal HIV infection in South Africa and globally. She demonstrated that antiretroviral administration to newborns significantly reduce HIV acquisition and infant mortality; this galvanized worldwide HIV/AIDS prevention efforts and highlighted role of breastfeeding in HIV transmission. She led the clinical development and trial of South Africa’s first two HIV vaccines. Member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa, National Academy of Medicine, USA and African Academy of Sciences, she has received Order of Mapungubwe, South Africa’s highest honor, Nelson Mandela Health and Human Rights Award, and Top Female in Academia, among many others. Area of specialisation: Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences.
MORRIS, Lynn (South Africa): (F). Interim Executive Director, National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), South Africa. From the nominee's many achievements the following are most significant: description of the immune response to HIV during acute and early subtype C infection; development of a mechanism for the strain-specificity by defining the targets of these early antibodies in variable regions like V1V2 and C3; description of the development of broadly neutralizing antibodies, the kind of antibodies an HIV vaccine will likely need to elicit; development of mapping techniques of neutralizing antibodies. Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and African Academy of Sciences, she has received the TWAS Prize in Medical Sciences, Harry Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Fellowship Award, Medical Research Council Gold Merit Award, University of the Witwatersrand Vice Chancellors Research Award, among others. Area of specialisation: Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences.
SERWADDA, David (Uganda): (M). Professor and former Dean, School of Public Health, Makerere University, Uganda. The nominee, a globally recognized HIV scientist and founding member of Rakai Health Sciences Research Program, was the first to identify "Slim disease" as AIDS in Uganda in 1982; he conducted several landmark studies that have informed the test and treat concept, circumcision for prevention, and population level impact on reducing new HIV infections. He has had a pivotal role in building the science base in Uganda and he was a member of the Lancet Commission 'Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century'. Member of the US National Academy of Medicine and Uganda National Academy, he has received Al-Sumait Award to Rakai Research Institute, Knowledge for the World Award from Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, among others. Area of specialisation: Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences.
NGILA, Jane Catherine (Kenya): (F). Deputy Director, Training, Academic and Linkages, Morendat Institute of Oil and Gas, Kenya Pipeline Company Limited, Kenya. As a leader and research coordinator on nanomaterials, the nominee's main achievements include: development of methods for water treatment using biopolymers and nanocomposite polymer membranes for water quality and pollution monitoring; analytical methodologies for detecting metal pollutants and other chemical substances in water; design of biosensors for environmental analysis as well as of chemically modified and polymer coated electrodes for determination of both inorganic and organic compounds. Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and African Academy of Sciences, she has received the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Regional Scientific Award for Women (East Africa region), South Africa Distinguished Women in Science Award in Physical and Engineering Sciences, and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Award at Kenyatta University, among others. Area of specialisation: Chemical Sciences.
BIEKPE, Nicholas Budeo (South Africa): (M). Professor of Development Finance and Econometrics, University of Cape Town, South Africa. The nominee was the first to introduce Development Finance graduate and postgraduate education in Africa, a programme which was extended to Asia and South America. His area of research, focusing on the use of innovative financial models in the African context, has led to the development of a number of unique statistical models, including the bilinear GARCH models, which are currently used to model financial risk in simple or multivariate environment by researchers around the world. Member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa and African Academy of Sciences, he has received University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) Director's Award for Research Excellence (six times) and USB Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence twice, among others. Area of specialisation: Social and Economic Sciences.