It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Prof Anton Stoltz, Principle Medical Specialist, Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of Pretoria and Gauteng Health, and Head of the Human Health Cluster in the UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control.
Prof Stoltz started his career as a biochemist and researcher. His Masters degree in Biochemistry focused on malaria, with a dissertation titled “Biochemical and immunochemical investigation of some South African strains of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum”. At the same time he completed a MMed in Internal medicine. He was an Internist and Infectious Diseases subspecialist with interests in the management of patients with MDR and XDR tuberculosis co-infected with HIV, diseases originating from Africa including severe malaria, schistosomiasis and drug resistant infections in ICU. He was also an avid researcher focused on resistant tuberculosis using novel nano-particle medicine, resistant tuberculosis transmission/aerobiology and novel prevention of infection, HIV infections and the heart plus HIV and CMV co-infections, malaria pheromones and malaria drug reformulations.
Prof Stoltz’s most recent research project looked at skin volatiles for the detection of malaria and tuberculosis. The aim behind the project is to develop a new, non-invasive diagnostic for detection of the diseases.
Since February 2020 he dedicated himself as a leader in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic despite facing personal setbacks in his own health. Prof Stoltz will forever be remembered for his clinical excellence, high impact research, tenacious leadership, selfless and unconditional dedication towards relieving the burden of infectious diseases, and his unwavering love for his wife and children.
We mourn the loss of our colleague and friend.
Prof Tiaan de Jager (Director: UP ISMC)
Globally there was an increase noted in malaria incidence from 211 mil. cases in 2015, to 216 mil. cases in 2016, to 219 mil. cases in 2017 and 228 mil. cases in 2018. The World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated that it appears as if malaria is busy fighting back against malaria control and elimination strategies. This results in more challenges allowing for more research collaboration opportunities to develop new, innovative and more sustainable malaria control tools and strategies.
The University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC) is a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary and interfaculty initiative. The aim of the Institute is to coordinate and promote collaborative research on safer and sustainable malaria control and management strategies, and to generate new knowledge and support new activities pertaining to safe malaria control in Africa.