Prof Ambroise Wonkam wins the 2020 Alan Pifer Award

06 December 2021 | Director Michael van Ryneveld. Videography and video edit Ryno Productions. Photo Je’nine May.

Professor Ambroise Wonkam, the director of Genetic Medicine of African Populations in recognition of his work in describing novel variant genes relevant for congenital hearing impairment in populations of African ancestry; his discovery of gene variants that affect long-term survival in Sickle Cell Disease in Africa; and his introduction of prenatal genetic diagnosis for Sickle Cell Disease in both Cameroon and Cape Town, thus increasing reproductive options for at-risk parents, has been recognised with the prestigious 2020 University of Cape Town (UCT) Alan Pifer Award.

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