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Prof PH Demana appointed as a member of the Provincial Health Research Committee (PHRC) of Gauteng

Prof PH Demana appointed as a member of the Provincial Health Research Committee (PHRC) of Gauteng

The Honourable MEC for Health in Gauteng, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi has recently appointed Professor Patrick Demana, currently Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Postgraduate Studies and Innovation at SMU to serve in the Gauteng PHRC for the next three years until the end of 2024. The functions of PHRC are multifold and this include amongst others to co-ordinate and lead the research priority se ng, develop research agenda, promote use of health research outcomes in policy development, and also in collaboration with various stakeholders to develop research capacity development strategy in the province.

Prof Demana expressed his gratitude and mentioned that he feels honoured to be appointed in this important position, and he will ensure that SMU in collaboration with other research stakeholders contribute significantly for the benefit of everyone, and in particular in the areas of promo ng training and research capacity development. He further remarked that the activities of PHRC under its terms of reference will be reported to the National Department of Health.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Mbati on behalf of SMU congratulates Prof Demana for this prestigious appointment, and says that this bodes well for SMU as it demonstrates the calibre of staff members that the University has who are also prepared to serve the country. “There is no doubt that SMU will benefit in one form or another”, said the VC.

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SAAHE 2022 Conference

SAAHE 2022 Conference

SMU in collaboration with Northern Region Partners will be hosting the SAAHE 2022 conference. This SAAHE 2022 conference theme hopes to inspire research, workshops and collaborations that will revitalise our practice, that will lead us to a vigorous humanity, that will energise and balance us in ourselves, others and in our communities.

Staff members and students can participate – please click on link to the website for registration detail and fees,

HWSETA Postgraduate Bursary Programme 2018

HWSETA Postgraduate Bursary Programme 2018



HWSETA Postgraduate Bursary Programme 2018


The Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training (HWSETA), invite applications from employed and unemployed (full-time) South African students pursuing Honours, Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral studies at South African universities.


While other areas of study within the Health and Social Development will be considered, preference will be given to research proposals that fall within the following areas:

  • Disability; youth-child-elderly and mental health care;
  • Infant Mortality; ethical and legal issues in health and welfare;
  • Epidemiology and clinical leadership;
  • Demography and population studies;
  • Environmental health and Occupational safety;
  • Primary Health Care; Information, Communications and Technology in the health sector;
  • Health Economics and Labour Market studies;
  • Contemporary social development issues including governance and capacity building in the non-governmental sector;
  • Integration of African indigenous medicine into the mainstream health care services.

Honours students undertaking programmes which will lead to professional registration and licensing will also be considered; i.e. various streams within Psychology, Nursing Education and other Clinical Programmes. Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Application process: Interested students must complete an HWSETA bursary application form (attached) and submit it no later than 27 July 2018. The application must include a proof of registration, draft research proposal, letter of motivation (1 page), required proposed budget (itemized) to complete the research project and a clear certified South African Identify Document.


Download: HWSETA_Bursary-Application-Form_2018

PostDoctoral Research Fellowship Positions at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU)

PostDoctoral Research Fellowship Positions at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU)

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) is a newly established university providing holistic Health Sciences Education, and is situated at Ga-Rankuwa. One of SMU strategic goal focuses on “Building a foundation of excellence in research, teaching and learning and community engagement”


SMU is inviting postdoctoral fellowship positions in the following schools:

School of Health Care Sciences – HIV/AIDS and older persons, decolonization and Mental Health
School of Pharmacy – Public health aspects of vaccinology, including antimicrobial stewardship
School of Science and Technology – Biochemistry (Medicinal Plants / phytochemistry) and Physics (Condensed Matter Physics: Nanomaterials synthesis and characterization).
School of Medicine – Microbiology (immunology)


The incumbents will be responsible to conduct research on an approved research niche under the supervision of an Established Researcher. Required to publish the research findings and assist in supervising and mentoring of postgraduate research. Incumbents will report to the Head of Department (HOD) and the Principal Investigator (PI): and must meet the following requirements listed below.



  • South African citizen/ permanent South African residency, strong publication track record and experienced in postgraduates supervision
  • Duration of the postdoctoral award is 2 years

To apply, please send an application letter, full curriculum vitae with a list of publications, certified copy of ID/ passport and a two-page summary of research interest to Closing date: 30th April 2021, late applications will not be considered.


It is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). Failure to submit the requested documents/information will result in your application not being considered. The University reserves the right not to make an award or make fewer awards.

SMU’s Family Medicine department spreading its wings beyond our borders

SMU’s Family Medicine department spreading its wings beyond our borders

The South African Family Practice Journal (SAFPJ), after years of applying, has been finally approved and listed with MEDLINE, said Prof Gboyega Ogunbanjo, popularly referred to as Prof ‘O’, the head of the department of family medicine & primary health care, and the editor in chief of the SAFJP.


MEDLINE, which is based in the United States of America (USA), is the biggest database containing journal citations and abstracts for biomedical literature from all over the world. Having the SAFJP listed with MEDILINE for Prof Ogunbanjo, is a dream come true, after years of attempts to list with MEDLINE were turned down because of the strict criteria for admission.

The benefits of enlisting with this database for Ogunbanjo as editor in chief and for SMU are immense. “MEDLINE is the equivalent of a top soccer team playing in the proverbial football premier league. It offers huge exposure and international credibility for researchers”, quipped Prof Ogunbanjo.

The department of family medicine & primary health care is one of the leading departments in as far as research throughput is concerned, at SMU. The secret behind this success, Prof ‘O’ says, is “team work”, as no one, in the department of family medicine & primary health care, is allowed to publish any research work as a lone ranger. Twice a year, we go out to places like Swartruggens in the North West province for a whole weekend for scientific writing workshops facilitated by the head of department, thereby building human research capacity in the department”, he said.

“The results of this human research capacity building programme are bearing fruit – high quality and relevant papers are published in the Department of Higher Education and Training peer reviewed list of journals, having national, regional and international impact,’’ he added.

Prof Ogunbanjo lives a very busy life juggling academic, clinical, teaching, pastoral duties, and still manage to have a normal family life. He serves in various local and international medical science forums in which he is able to advance the African Renaissance Agenda by sharing his experience and expertise where such expertise is required.


The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has benefitted from the agenda, with many of its family medicine physicians initially trained under the former Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA), followed by University of Limpopo and currently under SMU, since 1997. Under his tutelage and support from his colleagues in the department, a new breed of family medicine specialists and trainers are training fellow Congolese doctors, in the discipline of family medicine at the Université Protestente au Congo (UPC), Kinshasa, DRC.


The second cohort of locally trained and context-based family medicine specialists will graduate at UPC on Saturday 3 August 2018. Prof ‘O’ concluded by saying that “SMU should have a strategic focus to build long lasting collaborations with other universities on the African continent, as this will be beneficial for our academics and students”

SMU continues to foster strategic partnerships in Research

SMU continues to foster strategic partnerships in Research

SMU and King’s College London had recently established a five year strategic partnership in the research and academic exchange programme between the King’s Centre for Ultrastructural Imaging and the Electron Microscopy Unit of SMU.


Strategic Partnership: Prof Fumni Olonisakin, Vice President and Vice Principal International and Prof Olalekan Ayo-Yusuf, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Postgraduate Studies and Innovation.

The impact of SMU research output will be much greater through the exchange programme. The scope of the partnership entails promotion of innovative use of modern electron microscopy (EM) techniques by working with PhD and Masters students in health sciences research; provide training for PhD and Masters student to operate microscopes and prepare specimens; work with principal investigators to introduce innovative EM imaging techniques to the SMU research community; and provision of a dedicated supervisor for ongoing consultation and support.


“Top staff from King’s college will come and teach SMU Masters and PhD students using the electron microscope machines. To ensure high quality data is collected and prepared for publication, the collaboration will support researchers with experiment design and data interpretation,” said Prof Lekan Ayo-Yusuf, SMU DVC.