The acting College Dean for Teaching and Learning and a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Dentistry at UKZN’s College of Health of Sciences, Dr Shenuka Singh, has been appointed a member of the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) of South Africa.
‘This is national recognition for my involvement in research ethics. I am very happy and look forward to this exciting new challenge,’ said Singh, who also chairs UKZN’s Humanities and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee.
The NHREC, a statutory national body established under the National Health Act, is mandated to ensure that health research is conducted in accordance with the highest ethical standards and in line with international best practice.
Singh said functions of the NHREC include: developing and implementing guidelines for the functioning of Health Research Ethics Committees; establishing norms and standards for conducting research with human participants and research using animals; and advising the National Department of Health and provincial departments on any ethical issues concerning research.
Singh’s appointment became effective in December 2016 and she will serve as a member of the Council for the next three years.
She is also a member of Biomedical Research Ethics at the University and Chair of the Research Ethics Committee (Research and Development) at the Council for Science and Industry Research (CSIR) in South Africa.
‘I plan my daily tasks and schedule my responsibilities well, most importantly I am very passionate about my work. Thus nothing is a chore for me,’ she explained how she manages her demanding portfolios and still makes time for family. Singh also enjoys spending time with her pets and watching TV during her spare time.