The inaugural Bongani Mayosi Collaborative for Cardiovascular Disease Research Excellence in Africa research scholarship winners and runner ups met virtually this week to connect with their mentors, discuss their projects and plan for quarterly seminars.
The Bongani Mayosi Collaborative for Cardiovascular Disease Research Excellence in Africa is an interdisciplinary platform that brings together active research programmes in the area of cardiovascular disease. Spearheaded by four of his doctoral graduates: Professors Liesl Zühlke, Mpiko Ntsekhe, Ntobeko Ntusi, and Mark Engel, The Bongani Mayosi Collaborative for Cardiovascular Disease Research Excellence in Africa seeks to strengthen and improve coordination between existing research initiatives on clinical, epidemiological and basic science approaches to cardiac research in Africa.
With support from the UCT Centre for African Studies (CAS), The Bongani Mayosi Research Collaborative (BMRC) have made inroads towards building on Professor Bongani Mawethu Mayosi’s vision of 'growing our own timber' through the inaugural BMRC research scholarship initiative. This philosophy emphasises excellence, while nurturing and mentoring people with potential in order to create a pipeline of future African scientists and researchers.
The inaugural BMRC research scholarship initiative supports research on cardiovascular conditions of substantial unmet medical need in Africa including heart failure, congenital heart disease, HIV/ART-associated cardiac disease and rheumatic heart disease.