University of Cape Town PhD student, Veneshley Samuels, has been nominated for Adcock Ingram OTC’s ‘Sponsors of Brave: The Next Generation’, a platform to aid healthcare students financially in their studies, provide them with impactful mentorship from academic, professional and industry leaders and subsequently promote career development in the healthcare sector.

Originally from Atlantis on the Cape Flats, Veneshley said that many families, living in close quarters together, contracted tuberculosis and this experience has driven her to want to specialise in TB research.

“As a South African woman from a previously disadvantaged background, I aim to develop tools that can be useful to combat diseases that are endemic in our country – and that is my main goal,” she added when commenting on her nomination 

As the second of 10 upcoming feature nominees, she was paired with mentor Dr. Andani Mulelu, a biochemist and research scientist at the University of Cape Town’s Drug Discovery and Development Research Unit. Dr. Mulelu’s field of study is molecular biology, protein engineering and structural biology which he is harnessing towards developing a rapid test to diagnose tuberculosis.

In the first season, Adcock Ingram OTC celebrated a raft of unsung heroes from the country’s health system, profiling professionals from private practice to civil service, from academia, pharmacy, and the non-profit sector.

Now the second season is in full swing, seeking the next generation of healthcare heroes – people like Veneshley who are newly working in or studying towards a career in healthcare and can benefit from the guidance and support of a mentor.

Med Brief Africa readers who know of any aspiring, current or recently graduated healthcare students who would qualify as candidates are invited to submit a nomination by accessing the following link: