UKZN PhD student, Dr Yogandree Ramsamy, was recently awarded the 2018 Institute Mérieux-ICAN Young Investigator Award in recognition of her research into Antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
‘I am very excited and proud to have represented South Africa, Africa, KwaZulu-Natal and UKZN as part of NHLS-UKZN joint staff in receiving this prestigious award. It brought me great honour to receive it for UKZN, the NHLS and South Africa,’ said an excited Ramsamy.
Ramsamy received the sought-after award for 2018 at the recently held ICAN (Infection Control Africa Network) Congress.
The Institut Mérieux and its entities have, for many years, been committed to the fight against AMR and improvement of Antibiotic Stewardship (AMS). Yearly, the Institut Mérieux allocates awards worldwide to researchers at the beginning of their career in recognition of a major achievement having significant impact on the handling of AMR.
Ramsamy’s award comes with much needed funding toward research in AMR and AMS since she is a medical doctor specialising as a Medical Microbiologist at the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) Microbiology Laboratory in Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital. She enjoys serving the community of Umlazi and making a difference to many lives each day.