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Mac prof returns to Africa to share his expertise

Published: June 6, 2016
Lehana Thabane
Lehana Thabane

Lehana Thabane is going home to southern Africa for a visit, and he's taking his expertise in developing world-class research with him to share.

The professor and associate chair of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics has received an award from the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to help strengthen research and development in Africa.

Thabane will work at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, at its campus about 1,150 kilometres from his alma mater, the National University of Lesotho (NUL).

Thabane was born and raised in Lesotho, a small landlocked country to the east of South Africa, and received his undergraduate degree at NUL. He met his wife there before coming to Canada and Western University to take his PhD in statistics in 1998.

"It means a lot that I get a chance to give back to the continent in some way, helping the institutions and the people," said Thabane. He is one of 59 Carnegie African Diaspora Scholars who have been awarded a fellowship to travel to Africa beginning this month.

Thabane will spend two weeks focusing on supporting research collaboration of two research groups: the Mayosi Research Group, which focuses on community- and hospital-based cardiovascular research, and the Kathard Research Group, which conducts studies on communication interventions in primary schools.

He'll also be providing advice on research designs for projects conducted by the groups, and presenting workshops to improve graduate teaching and mentorship.

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