Professor Fatima Suleman will formally accept her appointment to the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity 2016/2018. She will deliver her inaugural lecture, entitled: “Affordability and equitable access to (bio)therapeutics for public health” on the 16th of May 2017 in the University Hall (Academiegebouw).
Dr. Fatima Suleman, associate professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, has been appointed to the Prince Claus Chair of Development and Equity as of 1 September 2016. During the next two years, she will be conducting research in affordable (bio)therapeutics in collaboration with scholars at Utrecht University, other scholars in the Netherlands and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
In addition to her appointment to the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Fatima Suleman also has ties with Drake University in the United States. She is interested in equity and access to medicines, pricing and reimbursement policies and essential medicines, especially for chronic conditions which cause huge suffering. Fatima Suleman is the Chair of the National Pricing Committee for medicines in South Africa and has taken part in various international committees on drug pricing including an informal panel at WHO on fair pricing. In addition she is a member of the WHO Expert Committee on the selection and Use of Essential Medicines.
Fatima Suleman will spend her 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 chair she will hold, Affordable (Bio)Therapeutics for Public Health, 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.
After the inaugural lecture a reception will be held in the Senaatszaal of the Academiegebouw. If you wish to attend the ceremony, please register online (www.uu.nl/pcc2017) before 2 May 2017.