Faculty of Health Sciences Research Day, 2018
On behalf of the Faculty it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Health Sciences Research Day 2018. This event serves as a premier platform for postgraduate students and staff members to showcase their research excellence. Historically, this biennially organised event has been exceptionally well supported by staff and postgraduate students in the Faculty, and this year is no different. We received over 350 abstracts that have been compiled into 90 oral presentations and 220+ poster programme, highlighting the research-intensive ethos that we share across this Faculty. To facilitate the broad spectrum of research interests, the programme will run across five parallel, themed tracks of; Clinical Sciences and Therapeutics for Health, Infectious Diseases, Diseases of Lifestyle, Education, Policy and Systems and Molecular and Comparative Biosciences. As always, significant prize money, to the total of R 187,500.00, is up for grabs in the form of travel awards and cash prizes. We anticipate fair and healthy competition amongst presenters in this regard.

The theme for this year’s event is #Towards 100 years of excellence as our esteemed Faculty is able to trace its origins back to the formation of the anatomical department nearly a century ago. What better way to celebrate this upcoming prestigious milestone, than to have the plenary session delivered by our very own world-renowned “Science Superstar”, Faculty Alumnus and Times Magazine top 100 most influential people in the world, Professor Glenda Gray. As in previous years, we have included three roundtable discussion sessions, where invited, expert panellists will engage on locally relevant health issues, topics and future trends.

We are grateful to all our sponsors, without their valuable contribution this event would not have been possible. In particular we would like to acknowledge our primary sponsors, The Faculty Research Committee, Wits Health Consortium, The South African Medical Association, and E2 solutions. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the roundtable discussion panellists for giving so freely of their time, the 2018 organising committee for their enthusiastic participation in compiling the event programme and members of the Faculty Research Office and postgraduate Expo committee. Special thanks to the chair of Post-Graduate Expo Committee, Mr Moraba Meela and the Assistant Dean of Postgraduate Affairs and Research, Professor Maria Papathanasopoulos whose contributions will no doubt make today a success. I would also like to acknowledge support from Ferna Clarkson at Wits Marketing and the Wits Functions and Events team.

We wish all presenters the very best and hope that you, as the audience, engage with all aspects of the programme, and are left both impressed and motivated by the research that is on display today.

Yours Sincerely,
Dr Mark A. Killick
Chair: Research Day Organising Committee