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Dr Morna Cornell

Senior Researcher, University of Cape Town

I am a very late academic. My background is in activism - I ran the AIDS Consortium for 9 years. Then I managed the CIPRA collaborative HIV research projects and decided to study public health, starting in 2005. I was awarded my Masters in Public Health in 2007, the first person to do so without an undergraduate degree. In 2014 I was awarded my PhD on the South African antiretroviral therapy programme.

My current work focuses on growing the capacity to produce high-quality, African-led research. My advocacy/research interest is the invisibility of men's health in HIV care and in public health more broadly.


  • –present
    Senior Researcher, University of Cape Town


  • 2014 
    University of Cape Town, Public Health (Epidemiology)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Senior Researcher
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation