Prof Tahir Pillay elected as a member of ASSAf

Posted on February 10, 2016

Professor Tahir Pillay, Head of the Department of Chemical Pathology and Director of the Division of Clinical Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP), has been elected as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). Membership in the academy is a great honour and is indicative of a scientist’s significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology in South Africa.

ASSAf members are drawn from the full spectrum of scientific disciplines. In 2015, the academy had 472 members in 11 categories. The key objective of ASSAf is to promote and apply scientific thinking in the service of society. Furthermore, given its unique position as the only national science academy that is officially recognised by the South African government, it aims to provide evidence-based scientific advice on issues of public interest to government and other stakeholders.

Prof Pillay is a Fellow of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa and the Royal College of Pathologists, London. He has a doctorate from Cambridge University and previously led the Departments of Chemical Pathology at the University of Cape Town and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is one of the two most senior chemical pathologists in South Africa, the South African country advisor for the Royal College of Pathologists and a Ministerial appointee to the Medical and Dental Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Prof Pillay is also a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Health Sciences at UKZN.


- Author Ansa Heyl

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