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Thursday, 02 May 2019

New Head for Biomedical Sciences Department

PASSIONATE: Prof Glenda Davison PASSIONATE: Prof Glenda Davison

Associate Prof Glenda Davison has been appointed as the new Head of the Biomedical Sciences Department.

Davison, who joined the Department as a senior lecturer in 2006, takes over the reins from Prof Tandi Matsha, who was awarded the National Research Foundation’s SARChI Research Chair in Cardiometabolic Health last year.

“It’s been an adventure so far,” said Davison whose focus area is Haematology.
“I’m so fortunate that we have brilliant staff here in the Department who are as enthusiastic as I am and always willing to go the extra mile.”

Davison is passionate about ensuring that the Department produces graduates that are in touch with society’s needs.
“When our students graduate we want them to be sensitive to the unique needs of South Africa. They must be empathetic and understand the inequalities in the country and be in tune with communities. I want to ensure an inclusive environment where we pay attention to the issues facing this country.”

One of her main goals will be to increase the Department’s connections with laboratories.
“I would really like to strengthen the links with private and public laboratories here in the Cape, with other universities that have research laboratories as well as with laboratories outside the Cape, including in rural areas.”

Davison, who is an honorary lecturer at UCT, said her career highlights include her promotion to Associate Prof in 2017 and receiving her NRF rating last year.
In 2011 she received the BridgeMohan award for her research contribution to Haematology.
“Graduations are always my biggest highlight. I love seeing the joy on the students’ faces and the parents’ excitement and to know that we made a difference.”

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za