Prof Mayosi’s protégés echo the beat of his healing heart

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Prof Mayosi’s protégés echo the beat of his healing heart

The ‘academic father’ has left behind a legacy that is alive and saving lives

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Healing hearts and taking research beyond laboratories and scientific journals into communities affected by diseases is the number one priority for the University of Cape Town’s Prof Liesl Zühlke.

The 51-year-old mother of two is the only black female professor of cardiology in SA and a National Research Foundation-rated scientist who has published more than 120 research papers in peer-reviewed journals in the past decade.

Zühlke credits the late Prof Bongani Mayosi for developing her into an award-winning scientist who uses her passion and expertise to fight rheumatic heart disease (RHD), a preventable condition that kills thousands of children every year...

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