UKZN Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor Fatima Suleman, has been appointed to the Prince Claus Chair of Development and Equity, meaning that during the next two years she will conduct research in affordable (bio) therapeutics in collaboration with scholars at Utrecht University in The Netherlands.
‘I am really looking forward to working with the pharmaceutical policy researchers at Utrecht University. Patients all over the world are in need of affordable medicine,’ said Suleman.
She will deliver her inaugural lecture next year in the Utrecht University Hall (Academiegebouw).
Suleman also has ties to Drake University in the United States where one of her research projects is about the pricing of drugs for diseases which cause huge suffering, such as chronic conditions.
Suleman has taken part in various international commissions on drug pricing. She currently has a seat on a panel at the World Health Organization (WHO) on pricing, health technology assessment and reimbursement.
She will spend her two-year appointment in Utrecht working within the strategic research theme of Life Sciences. Her Chair will be within the Faculty of Science, in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The Affordable (Bio) Therapeutics for Public Health Chair has strong links to the research conducted in that department, in particular in the Utrecht Centre of Excellence for Affordable Biotherapeutics and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Regulation.
The Prince Claus Chair is a rotating Chair with appointments made alternately at Utrecht University and the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. Both institutions use the Chair to promote research and education in the field of development co-operation, in accordance with the views and ideas of the late Prince Claus.
The curatorium of the Prince Claus Chair is chaired by Professor Louise Gunning; while Queen Máxima of The Netherlands is the patron of the Prince Claus Chair.