23 July 2012

Britt Drögemöller – 2012 L’Oreal-UNESCO Regional Fellowship Winner

Britt Drögemöller (Class of 2002) has been named a winner of the 2012 L’Oréal-UNESCO Regional Fellowships For Women in Science (FWIS) in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has been awarded a fellowship of US$20 000 to put towards her PhD research at Stellenbosch University.

Drögemöller’s research focuses on identifying variants that contribute to antipsychotic treatment response in South African schizophrenia patients. “The inefficient treatment of schizophrenia places an immense socio-economic burden on society, and it is suspected that this lack of efficacy is influenced by genetic variation. My research aims to identify the differences in variation that are present in antipsychotic non-responders and responders utilising a technique called exome sequence analysis. The variation suspected of influencing antipsychotic treatment response will then be genotyped in a larger group of well-characterised schizophrenia patients receiving antipsychotic treatment, to confirm the findings,” she says.

She adds that she is very proud to be a woman working in the science arena, and has drawn inspiration from the women mentors she has had over the years.

Well done Britt you have done us proud!