Ms Lisa Telford holds a Bachelor of Social Science Honours degree and a Master of Public Health degree both from the University of Cape Town. Lisa first joined the unit as a part-time research assistant and NRF intern in February 2017. After completing her NRF internship in April 2018, she joined the team in a full-time capacity. Her primary role within the unit involves working with the technical support and policy translation initiaitve, Reach, on a number of projects. Lisa also maintains the CHDRU's website and contributes to the upkeep of regulatory documentation on a number of studies.
Ms Jessica Abrams holds a Bachelor of Medical Science Honours degree from the University of Cape Town. She is the recipient of a NRF Innovation Master’s scholarship and has recently completed her Master of Public Health degree also at the University of Cape Town. Her dissertation was a systematic review which focused on RHD prevention and care programs and how these are integrated into country health systems. Jessica joined the team in April 2017. Her work thus far has included research around RHD and compiling integration documents for RHDAction.