Last year, ORI was delighted to sign a memorandum of understanding with the University of Cape Town (UCT), making it the first of the planned ORI global hubs.
UCT is among the top 10 universities in the BRICS countries and is consistently the top-ranked university in Africa. ORI plans to work on a range of research projects with South African colleagues in the future, and collaborative work has already started during the pandemic period.
Associate Professor Tom Wainwright assisted colleagues remotely with quality improvement expertise in order to optimise throughput within the Covid-19 testing facility at Groote Schuur Hospital, and has acted as an external clinical expert for postgraduate research degree interviews. In addition, he has also been invited to collaborate with Dr Ulla Plenge (Consultant Anaesthetist at Groote Schuur Hospital) on her national project to implement Enhanced Recovery after Surgery for hip and knee replacement and has a publication in preparation with Associate Professor Delva Shamley (Head of Clinical Trials Unit at UCT).