Professor C. Dangor

Professor C Dangor

Person

Professor Cassim Mahoimed Dangor

 

Telephone

 +27 (0)31 260 7355

Email

dangorc@ukzn.ac.za  

 Campus  Westville

 Designation

Emeritus Professor

 Research Interests  Biopharm/modified drug delivery,stability of pharmaceuticals, regulatory pharmacy.

 Biosketch

Cassim M Dangor is currently Professor Emeritus at University of KwaZulu-Natal and Chair of the Pharmaceutical and Analytical Committee of the Medicine Control Council of South Africa. He obtained his B Pharm and B Pharm (Honours) qualifications from UNISA, the MSc in Pharmacy from the University of Mississippi (USA) and his PhD degree from University of Durban Westville. Prof Dangor’s research interests include oral controlled release delivery systems, drug product stability, in vitro-in vivo bioavailability correlations, drug policy and supply management and regulatory science.

 Prof Dangor pioneered and promoted research on modified drug delivery systems at UDW. Through grants awarded by the NRF and the University he established the first fully-fledged drug delivery research laboratory at UDW. He has contributed significantly to capacity development in the pharmaceutical sciences by successfully supervising many students at PhD, masters and honours levels. Prof Dangor was a South African National Research Foundation rated scientist (Category C) in recognition of the local and international quality of his research outputs. He has been the recipient of several awards including the Fulbright Scholarship for M.Sc. studies in the USA, the Earnest Oppenheimer Merit Award to complete the experimental aspects of study at the University of London in the UK, and various NRF grants. Earlier in his career, he received the prestigious Hans Snyckers Memorial Award and Fellowship of Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa for his contributions to the Pharmacy profession in South Africa. The pharmaceutical industry  honoured him with the prestigious “Pharmacist of Year” award in early 2004 for his dedicated service to the profession in South Africa. He remained a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain until his retirement, to enable him to practice as a pharmacist in the UK.

Prof Dangor has served on various national committees making a contribution to pharmacy education, research and policy. These include his appointments: by the Minister of Health to serve on the South African Pharmacy Council, as Chair of the Education Committee, as Specialist reviewer for accreditation of Pharmacy Schools and external moderator for examinations for foreign students. He has also been appointed as a reviewer on NRF research panels, on the advisory council of the Medical Education of South African Blacks (MESAB) and an appointed reviewer for several local and international journals, degree programmes and funding bodies. Most noteworthy is that he is one of the founder members of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of South Africa that promotes pharmaceutical research and education in South Africa. He has also participated actively in many workshops as a member of the FORESIGHT group on the Health Sector that was organized by the Department of Arts, Culture, Technology and Science (DACTS) of South Africa.

Within the university, Prof Dangor has occupied various leadership and management positions. He was the first to complete the pharmacy Honours qualifications. Prof Dangor’s academic career there spanned from serving in various capacities as Junior lecturer, Lecturer, Senior lecturer, Assoc. Prof and then a full Professor over close to 40 years of committed service to the university. He was also Secretary and then later the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Director and Chairman of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology and served on the University Council and Senate for several years.

Prof Dangor has been appointed since 1995 by the Minister of Health of S Africa on the Medicines Control Council (MCC) that regulates the registration of medicines for quality, safety and efficacy in the interest of the public. He presently serves as Chair of the Pharmaceutical and Analytical Committee of the MCC since May 1999 and also is currently an Executive member of MCC as well as member of the Naming and Scheduling committee as well as the African Traditional Medicines committee of that Council.

Since retirement, Prof Dangor currently continues to serve the UKZN as an
ad hoc lecturer, undergraduate research supervisor and examiner in several modules in the final year of  pharmacy studies at UKZN, University of the North (Turfloop), moderator of Pharmaceutics examination of the SAPC for foreign graduates in addition to the Ministerial appointment  duties on the S A Pharmacy  Council (2004-13). He also continues to attend conferences of scientific nature in the areas of his interest related to Biopharmaceutics and drug regulatory matters and participates actively in providing training to Industry and the MER on medicine registration and evaluation for quality and efficacy. Prof Dangor is married to Rookshana, has 1 daughter Fatima and enjoys hobbies like reading, surf boarding, swimming and walking during his spare time. ResearchGate Profile