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Zimbabwean Researcher The Only African Selected For AstraZeneca's R&D Challenge

Zimbabwean Researcher The Only African Selected For AstraZeneca's R&D Challenge

A Zimbabwean researcher, Dr Patience Chihomvu, is the only African selected for AstraZeneca’s Postdoctoral Challenge.

AstraZeneca is a British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, with its headquarters at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in Cambridge, England.

She is one of six finalists chosen for a fully funded postdoctoral research position.

In 2021 AstraZeneca invested $8 billion in R&D, around 21% of the Company’s turnover, in order to continue to discover and develop medicines which transform the lives of patients.

To help achieve this, they launched the R&D Postdoctoral Challenge, inviting final-year MD and/or PhD students and Postdoctoral Researchers to propose their own innovative ideas to accelerate drug discovery and development.

The Company has three world-class strategic R&D centres including The Discovery Centre (DISC) in Cambridge in the UK, one in Gaithersburg, Maryland in the greater Washington, D.C. region of the US, and another in Gothenburg in Sweden, as well as further hubs across the world.

Dr Chihomvu told Africa.com that on March 17, 2022, during the EXPO 2020 in Dubai, AstraZeneca (AZ) ExtraZeneca launched the global R&D Postdoctoral Challenge to accelerate solutions to complex diseases.

The competition invited PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to propose innovative drug development concepts. Cátia Ferreira, Portugal; Filipa Dias Louro, Portugal; Rakhee K. Ramakrishnan, United Arab Emirates; Gonçalo Rosas da Silva, Portugal; Mark Waterhouse, UK; and Patience Chihomvu, Zimbabwe were among the finalists.

Dr Chihomvu said her research will focus on drug discovery using the medicinal herb Zumbani, mutswane, umsutane (Swati); inzinziniba (Xhosa); umsuzwane, umswazi (Zulu), also called “lemon bush” or “fever tree.

She added that she realised the potential of phytochemical compounds when her dad was diagnosed with COVID-19 in 2021 and he used medicinal herbs to get rid of the COVID-19 symptoms. 

She said she will be in Gothenburg, Sweden, the R&D facility which hosted the finalists.

Dr Patience Chihomvu obtained her BSc (Hons) at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

She began working as a Food Science and Nutrition Lecturer following her graduation and supervised Higher National Diploma students on their final-year projects.

Dr Chihomvu applied for her master’s degree in research at the Vaal University of Technology in 2013. She has been recognised with multiple awards for her research, including the Vaal University of Technology Masters Research Award, the Vaal University of Technology Doctorate Research Award and the S & F Innovation Doctoral Awards – National Research Foundation.

Dr Chihomvu continues to focus her research on microbiology, molecular biology, and tissue culture and currently lectures at the Vaal University of Technology in South Africa.

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22 Comments

Zumbani 1 month ago

ehe Zumbani rakapenga ratomuendesa kumberi uyo


Mujibha 1 month ago

Ava ndivo vakadzivanomira mira pazvinhu zvinemusoro kwete zvana Fadzi vema **** toys


Plumtree 1 month ago

Ndo vanhu vanofanira kutungamira nyika not izvi zvatiri kuona .
kana kuita Minister of Health not vana Trabhabhurasi Grindagoriasi God bress Pumura oridi


at mujibha 1 month ago

iye fadzi atorinani haasi do4 sewe learn to appreciate other people's work unegodo manje richakuuraya dzidzisaka mkadzi wako aitewo sa Dr avo chero akadzidza pana Fadzi haasvike ngazvigare muchisoro chako chakatambwa nepwere


1 month ago

Well done mwanasikana You never know 50k might coming your way soon from His Excellency


1 month ago

*be coming

Ashley Scott 1 month ago

well done go Dr we raly behind you go go and make it wish you all the best


Patience Chihomvu 1 month ago

Thank you all, for your support and comments. Greatly appreciated….

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gandanga 1 month ago

iwe plumtree zita iro wakarinzwa kupi


gandanga 1 month ago

rekuti tribhabhurasi


black & yellow 1 month ago

thus beauty with brains,you should teach also other ladies Doc.kuti they should embrace who they are and not look yellow and black with these bleach's they use


TTT 1 month ago

What happened to Pious Jambwa's case?


ndunge 1 month ago

ndikudao patinc ndibate tidanane kanawadzokal


1 month ago

Angadananawo shuwa nemunhu anoswera achiverenga Pindula yemahara achitukana nevanhu 😆😆😆

Tintin 1 month ago

😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣 atadzeyiko dr ndunge

🤣🤣🤣 4 weeks ago

dr ndunge wamupedzisa😂😂😂

1 month ago

Haàa bhoo but don't forget kuti ma ideas ndedu pachivanhu chedu unozotipawo Mari nemabasa


Tkt 1 month ago

... Meanwhile, the President His Excellency has honored her with $500 000 again as a token of appreciation for all her efforts...


Turoo 1 month ago

Haasikuda murume here, ini ndiri single zvangu😍


Unoda turoo iwewe 1 month ago

Hiwee

Guka 1 month ago

HERBS ARE THE HEALING OF THE NATION NOT WESTERN medicine


Siya 4 weeks ago

Guka


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