Prof Elmi Muller wins the 2019 Alan Pifer Award

02 December 2020 | Directors Lerato Maduna and Roxanne Harris. Camera Evan Zerf. Video edit Oatmeal Productions. Photo Robyn Walker.

Professor Elmi Muller, who completed the world’s first kidney transplant between an HIV-positive patient and donor in 2008, has since become a globally recognised authority on kidney and liver transplantation, and a trailblazer in the field of organ transplantation in HIV-positive patients. She is the recipient of the 2019 Alan Pifer Award at UCT.


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UCT Annual Awards 2020


On Wednesday, 2 December, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng hosted the UCT Annual Awards 2020, which serve to honour and celebrate exceptional individuals at UCT for their contributions through excellence and dedication in research, teaching and service.

The celebration acknowledged 225 staff receiving Long Service Awards and the recipients of the Distinguished Teacher Award, the Alan Pifer Research Award and the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. The evening also recognised those staff members who have received ad hominem promotions this year.

Distinguished Teacher Award

The Distinguished Teacher Award is the highest accolade awarded to teaching staff at all levels within the university. Through the award, the University of Cape Town acknowledges the primary place of teaching and learning in the university’s work.

Alan Pifer Award

This award is the vice-chancellor’s annual prize in recognition of outstanding welfare-related research. It highlights UCT's strategic goal of promoting socially responsive research, and honours a UCT researcher whose outreach work has contributed to the advancement and welfare of South Africa’s disadvantaged people.