In the midst of a global health crisis, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Stellenbosch University will be hosting the 64th Annual Academic Day on a virtual platform on the afternoons of Wednesday 26 August and Thursday 27 August 2020.
As you are aware, we currently find ourselves in extraordinary circumstances, a situation in which none of us have been before. After several months of a national lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff and students are slowly becoming accustomed, as far as possible in each of our own unique circumstances, to the new normal of social distancing and restrictions, distance learning and virtual meetings. We do not foresee that this situation will change drastically over the next few months, and we do not foresee that large meetings and gatherings at closed venues will be possible for us for the rest of the year. Rather than cancelling the event, we have therefore decided to adopt a new format for the day, on a virtual platform.
The virtual platform provides a unique online meeting room where all participants can meet, network, collaborate and be inspired by the outstanding research done at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
The theme for the State-of-the-Art presentations and guest speaker will be on the COVID-19 pandemic, however all other presentations submitted by staff, postdoctoral fellows and students will be presented as poster presentations in the 7 traditional multidisciplinary tracks, namely
- Infectious Diseases
- Non-communicable Diseases
- Mental Health and Neurosciences
- Violence, Injuries, Trauma and Rehabilitation
- Maternal and Child Health
- Health Systems Strengthening and Primary Health Care, and
- Perioperative Sciences.
The guest speaker this year is Prof Madhukar Pai, internationally recognized epidemiologist and expert in global health.
We hope that the theme for the state of the art sessions will ensure that researchers from across disciplinary borders come together to discuss important issues around a central health question of great importance to South Africa and the rest of the world.
I invite you to join us at this outstanding event on the calendar of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. We trust that it will still be a unique and informative event, and look forward to spending the day with you under these exceptional circumstances.
Prof Nico van Gey van Pittius
Vice Dean: Research and Internationalisation