“Existing research data can be an invaluable source for further studies. Such data is, however currently scattered throughout the country. By preserving this research information in a single resource centre like the South African Data Archive (SADA) hosted by the NRF, unnecessary and costly duplication of research are decreased while the quality of the research findings are enhanced by using data from experienced researchers both locally and internationally.”
This was one of the keynote addresses delivered by Prof Braam Hofmann, in his address entitled “The scientific and ethical consideration of open access data sharing in South Africa” at the Faculty of Science annual Research Day.
Also on the keynote speaker list, were Prof Jerry Shai from the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and Marna Horn from the Faculty of Science’s Centre for Tissue Engineering, highlighting the importance of organ and tissue donation in South Africa.
According to Horn, almost 4500 South Africans are awaiting organ and cornea transplants. She encouraged the TUT and broader South African communities to sign up as organ donors, as one donor can save up to seven lives.
The Research Day was once again a huge success with staff and students of the Faculty showing exactly why the Faculty of Science is one of TUT’s leading research faculties with presentations of exceptionally high standard.
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One of the graphics used in explaining the importance of organ and tissue donation.