Julie Phillips, Tania Steyl and Farhana Karachi receive UCDG funding

We’re very excited to announce that Prof. Julie Phillips, Dr Tania Steyl, and Dr Farhana Karachi have all received University Capacity Development Grant (UCDG) funding for projects that they are currently involved in.

Prof. Phillips has received R50 000 UCDG funding to support leading researchers who are in the process of building research teams. The title of the project she received the funding for is “Epidemiology, outcomes and experiences of living with traumatic spinal cord injury in Africa: A multi-country study”. The team that she is planning to build includes novice researchers, more established researchers, international and regional partners, and community stakeholders.

Dr Steyl received the funding aimed at mid-career researchers to support her staff exchange for networking and research. Tania will be travelling to Belgium to visit a potential project collaborator, Prof. Dirk Vissers at the University of Antwerp, at the end of August 2019. The proposed collaboration will be on mental health co-morbidities of Diabetes Mellitus as it compromises adherence to treatment, increasing the risk for serious short and long term complications, which can result in decreased quality of life and even premature death.

Dr Karachi’s application for funding to support a scientific visit to develop collaborative partnerships was also approved. Farhana will therefore be traveling to the University of Melbourne in Australia in order to spend time with Prof. Linda Denehy during October this year. Prof. Denehy is the Head of the Physiotherapy School there and an expert in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Respiratory and ICU and Implementation Science. As part of this visit Farhana will also attend and present her work at the World Congress of Intensive Care Medicine in Melbourne.

If you would like to learn more about the projects that Prof. Phillips and Dr Steyl are working on, please contact them at fkarachi@uwc.ac.za, tsteyl@uwc.ac.za and jphillips@uwc.ac.za.

Note: The UCDG funding is the same instrument that allowed Dr Conran Joseph to travel to Ghent University earlier this year.

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