The Brenda Lucille Miller UCLA-South African Education Fund at the UCLA Center for World Health proposes to provide opportunities for junior South African doctors and scientists focusing on neurologic diseases to come to UCLA to engage in postdoctoral studies for periods ranging from one month to one year.

The Fund is to honor the memory of Brenda Lucille Miller, a South African who lived with multiple sclerosis. Neurological illnesses tend to be underdiagnosed and undertreated in South Africa, and take a tremendous toll on individuals and families. 

The proposed purpose of the Fund is to build capacity in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of neurologic diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Such capacity will benefit not only South Africa but the entire continent, as South Africa can become a clinical leader in these diseases for the region. The Fund hopes to contribute to the  development of South Africa’s ability to discover, deliver, and disseminate novel strategies through helping its medical and scientific professionals to get exposure to research and treatment developments in the United States and to provide ongoing mentoring and support for these practitioners as they return to South Africa.

The Fund hopes to bring early career doctors or  scientists—those having just completed their medical and/or doctoral studies and beginning their clinical, teaching, or scientific careers—to Los Angeles for periods of one month to one year to work with UCLA faculty to learn clinical diagnostic and treatment skills in surgical, hospital, and outpatient clinical settings, with the goal of applying their new knowledge and skills to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and management of neurologic diseases in South Africa and improve the health and well-being of their fellow South Africans.

The Fund will be merit-based and competitive, with awards based on applicants’ training, records of achievement, and potential to succeed. An impartial panel comprised of UCLA and South African scientists, physicians, and professionals  will select finalists who will then go through an interview process to determine the awardees.

Please join us in this important work. Your generous donation in any amount will allow physicians and scientists to transform the care of people with neurologic diseases throughout South Africa, and assist us in launching the Fund.

All donations to the fund are tax-deductible. To make an online donation, please visit the UCLA Center for World Health secure transaction page. To donate by check, please make the check payable to ‘The UCLA Foundation’, and mail the check along with your gift donation letter to the following address:

Attn:  Else Henry, Business Manager
UCLA Center for World Health
10833 Le Conte Avenue
CHS Room 12-105
Los Angeles, CA 90095 USA

For any questions, please email Else Henry at ehenry@mednet.ucla.edu.

Thank you.