University of the Witwatersrand
Dr Ané Orchard, 33, who has a PhD in pharmacy, teaches clinical pharmacy to students at the University of the Witwatersrand, undertakes research in clinical pharmacy, pharmaceutical microbiology, medicinal chemistry and pharmacy education, as well as partaking in global events, including being a judge in an undergraduate global awards competition. She trains pharmacy students in point-of-care screening techniques and counselling, and organises events where students provide screening, for example blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol, to the public. Any participant with an abnormal value is referred for further treatment, decreasing incidence of stroke and heart attacks. This is offered free as Ané organises sponsorship from pharmaceutical companies. She also participates in May Measurement Month, a global initiative aimed at bringing awareness to high blood pressure. She has published 22 articles and 42 conference outputs. She was selected as an African Academy of Sciences affiliate member, won a Distinguished Teacher Award at the Conference of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and was the largest contributor to May Measurement Month in South Africa last year. Ané would like to see a South Africa where there is improved access to health and fair education. “A country where resources are genuinely put towards helping people and are not mismanaged. Where quality of life and care are put above greed and hate.”
- Bachelor of Pharmacy, Wits
- PhD, Wits
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences Education, Wits
- 21st Century Learning Design & Blended Learning in Higher Education certificate, Wits
- Currently a Masters of Health Sciences Education candidate, Wits
- I have 22 published articles and 42 conference outputs.
- I have been selected as an African Academy of Sciences affiliate member (2022-2026).
- Distinguished Teacher Award, The 43rd Annual General Meeting and 41st Conference of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 21-23 August 2022.
- Largest contributor to May Measurement Month in South Africa (2022).
- Lecturer of the year award by BPharm IV students (2021).
- School of Therapeutic Sciences Research Day — Best oral presentation (2021).
- School of Therapeutic Sciences Learning I3 (Ideas, Innovation, Inspiration) Symposium — Innovation Competition, Group — Lecturer 3rd place 2021).
- School of Therapeutic Sciences Learning I3 (Ideas, Innovation, Inspiration) Symposium — Innovation Competition, Individual Lecturer 3rd place (2021).
- Phillip V Tobias Convocation Distinguished Teachers’ Awards (Clinical category) (2021)
- DIES/CREST Online Training Course for Supervisors of Doctoral Candidates at African Universities, Stellenbosch University certificate — Top student (2020).
- Most prestigious postgraduate degree award certificate of commendation (runner-up) (2020).
- Lecturer of the year award by BPharm IV students (2019).
- Top cited paper for International Journal of Cosmetic Sciences (2018-2019).
- Awarded Best Poster at international conference in Germany (2018).
- Most downloaded paper for Chemistry and Biodiversity journal (2017).
My favourite and most dear memories started from the age of four when I would mix different creams to see if I could get my father’s wounds to heal faster. Mixing things and applying them to the skin or hair and seeing the result was just so fun, I decided I wanted to be a scientist who would make people’s lives better.
Trust God, things get hard, but that trust and perseverance will get you where God intended you to be.
Having improved our access to health and fair education across the country, where resources are genuinely put towards helping people and are not mismanaged. Where quality of life and care are put above greed and hate.