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Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Distinguished Professor in Pharmacy and Leader of the Drug Utilisation Research Unit (DURU) at Nelson Mandela University Professor Ilse Truter has received the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology’s (ISPE) Judith K. Jones Award for Impact on Public Health through Pharmacoepidemiology.

The Judith K. Jones Award is a new award created in honour of a key ISPE leader who inspired so many with her contributions to the Society and recognises an individual making a demonstratable impact on public health through work in pharmacoepidemiology. Prof Luciane Lopes of Brazil is the other recipient of the 2022 award.

Prof Truter received the award virtually on 27 August at the 2022 “Annual Meeting of ISPE Members & Awards Ceremony” in Copenhagen, Denmark, which includes a sponsored conference trip, which Prof Truter will attend next year.

She received the award in recognition of her contribution to Pharmacoepidemiology in South Africa and in Africa and her involvement in pharmacoepidemiology started 30 years ago when she was introduced to the research area by Prof Ian Wiseman. Prof Truter attended her first International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology in 1998 in Berlin, Germany.

Four years later in 2000, she was awarded her second doctorate from North-West University, which was regarded as the first doctorate in pharmacoepidemiology in South Africa. 

In 2015, Prof Truter was one of the founding members of the Medicines Utilisation Research in Africa (MURIA) group, and more recently the ISPE African Regional Interest Group (AfRiG) was established (she is one of the regional leads).

Since 2017, she is also a member of the WHO International Working Group for Drug Statistics Methodology.

Prof Truter has published more than 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Contact information
Prof Ilse Truter
Director: School of Clinical Care & Medicinal Sciences
Tel: 041 504 2131