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 Prof Alan Christoffels' silver merit award creates a high tide for UWC

Prof Alan Christoffels’ silver merit award creates a high tide for UWC



Prof Alan Christoffels, Director of SANBI and DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Bioinformatics and Public Health Genomics, will be awarded the 2014 Silver Medal for Significant Contribution to Research Capacity Development in the Health Sciences by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) at its award ceremony in October 2014.

This achievement has drawn accolades and congratulatory comments such as:

In the letter informing Prof Christoffels of his award, the SAMRC stated that The Medical Research Council recognises and congratulates you as an outstanding South African scientist who has contributed to raising the profile of science in South Africa’.

Prof Brain O’Connell summarizes the accolades in the following statement’ The majority of South Africans do not have a strong relationship with science because of our troubled past and their exclusion from contact with high-level knowledge. In trying to build a new South Africa, we must develop the models that speak to our people and lead them towards embracing new ways of knowing. When South Africans, like Prof Alan Christoffels, demonstrate that despite the past we can rapidly develop competence in many ways of knowing, at the very high level, like science, then we will be well on the way to securing our future. Prof Alan Christoffels is a model for all South Africans and we salute him and those who have honored him: they are creating our models’

The DVC (Academic), Prof Ramesh Bharuthram in his response to Prof Alan Christoffels on hearing the news said: When reading and supporting our submission, I had no doubt that we had submitted a winning proposal. ..You continue to bring much honour to UWC’.

Prof Tyrone Pretorius, the VC-designate added his congratulations to Prof Christoffels in his response to the news of the 2014 SAMRC SCIENTIFIC MERIT AWARDS by stating ‘ I would like to add my congratulations to that of the DVC. I believe a "high tide raises all ships" and that we must never be too shy to celebrate excellence. It proclaims what we stand for. Thank you for being UWC's high tide on this occasion’.

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