COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Speakers

Tivani Mashamba-Thompson

Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Pretoria

Tivani Mashamba-Thompson is a Professor and a Deputy Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies for the Faculty of Health Sciences. She is a NRF-rated Medical Scientist (Molecular Biology) registered by the Health Profession Council South Africa. Mashamba-Thompson’s research revolves around evidence synthesis and implementation of point-of-care diagnostics for underserved population and resource-limited settings. Author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in accredited journals including high impact journals such as the Lancet and Nature. She has supervised and mentored more than 20 postgraduate students to completion.

Tivani is a member of the Covid-19 Scientific Advisory Committee for Limpopo Province and she is one of the co-investigators for a national Covid-19 study aimed at optimizing the implementation of new Covid-19 point-of-care tests in South Africa. Her research work on point-of-care diagnostics has been recognized by nationally and international. She has won multiple competitive research awards. She was listed as one of the Mail and Guardian’s most powerful women in 2020. She was invited to join the University College London (UCL) Collaboration for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI) fellowship.  She serves as an editorial board member for the Lancet’s eBioMedicine journal. An Associate Editor for the Frontiers in Reproductive Heath and a Guest Editor for Diagnostics journal.

Prof V Ueckermann

Internal Medicine | Physician and Intensivist
University of Pretoria | Steve Biko Academic Hospital

Prof V Ueckermann is a physician and intensivist at Steve Biko Academic hospital and an Adjunct Professor in Internal medicine at the University of Pretoria.  She currently leads the clinical COVID-19 response team for SBAH/Tshwane and is Acting Head of Infectious Diseases.

Prof Ueckermann is involved in numerous research projects, looking at novel diagnostics, clinical outcomes and immune responses to SARS-CoV-2.  She works as a frontline clinician on the hospital’s COVID-19 service and is actively involved in the training of doctors and students.

Prof Theresa Rossouw

Department of Immunology
University of Pretoria

Prof Theresa Rossouw is a professor in the Department of Immunology at the University of Pretoria. She is a clinician scientist and has a double PhD, one in Immunology and one in Philosophy. She is an NRF-rated scientist and mainly works in the field of HIV and related infections where she is specifically interested in HIV-associated drug resistance and systemic immune activation. She is a member of the World Health Organization’s Research and Innovation Working Group, HIVResNet, as well as various scientific committees, including the Southern African HIV Clinician Society. She is currently involved in a study assessing differences in clinical and immunological profiles of HIV-infected and -uninfected patients hospitalised with COVID-19.