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Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Dr Davison named Powerful Woman

EXCELLING: Dr Glenda Davison EXCELLING: Dr Glenda Davison

The Head of the Biomedical Sciences Department, Associate Prof Glenda Davison, has been named as one of the Mail & Guardian’s Powerful Women for 2020.

Every year during August the Mail & Guardian profiles the transformative work done by women.  According to the publication, the 50 women on this year’s list are not only excelling in their chosen fields but have also made it a priority to use their positions to fight for the betterment of our society. 

“I am feeling overwhelmed and grateful for the recognition, but at the same time completely humbled, as I know that there are many powerful women in this country who are doing amazing things without getting the acknowledgment. I certainly don’t feel powerful but am happy that I am able to make a difference,” said Davison, whose focus area is Haematology.

Graduations and working with an amazing team of academics and staff are what she enjoys most about her work.

“I have so many highlights and have enjoyed every moment of my career, which has involved working in a diagnostic laboratory, performing research and of course teaching. I have been given so many opportunities throughout my career which have led to me being able to obtain a PhD, a huge milestone and to achieve an NRF rating which was another personal highlight. My biggest highlights are seeing our students achieve. I then know that I have had made a difference.”

In 2011 she received the BridgeMohan award for her research contribution to Haematology

Davison said she was nominated for the Mail & Guardian’s Powerful Women for 2020 by Quote this Women (https://quotethiswoman.org.za/).

“I was included on their database following my two articles which were published in The Conversation earlier this year. Both articles focussed on the Covid-19 pandemic and so were topical over this period. This led to a number of newspapers and other media outlets asking for my opinion on laboratory testing, Covid-19 and even the Spanish flu which happened in 1918.”

In terms of research Davison is involved in a number of projects with Prof Tandi Matsha and the Cardiometabolic Health research unit.

“I also collaborate with the Division of Haematology at UCT and am involved in a study investigating HIV associated lymphomas. But currently my focus is on assisting in the preparation for the Council on Higher Education doctoral review which will take place in October. This project has again allowed me to work and connect with a fantastic team of professionals and academics.”

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.