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The Human Integrative Endocrinology Award was instituted by the Society in 2019 in honour of the late Emeritus Professor Johan Koeslag’s research activities. Not only did he author numerous publications focusing on ‘whole body’ physiology, he served as President of the society between 2001-2004, and he also designed our first PSSA logo (1990) – ‘Adam receiving the spark of human life in the cradle of Africa’. Read more about this stalwart teacher of Physiology here: This award was first presented in 2019 to a young researcher, during the oral student competition at the Annual PSSA Conference. Download Application Form...


(This award honors a well-established, physiologist who has proven their research excellence over a period of time. The recipient should have an excellent national profile and a high level of international recognition, have added value to the society through research innovation, be an active contributor at the PSSA congress in terms of the research presented by themselves and/or their students and the fostering of critical thinking and...

Young Investigator Award

(The society awards a prize to a student who despite difficult circumstances was able to successfully complete their research)

General Poster

(The Society awards a prize for the best poster by a delegate at the annual PSSA Conference)

Travel Awards

(These awards are strictly for fully paid student members that intend on presenting their work/data at the PSSA congress. There are a few available and interested students may apply by filling in the travel grant application). Download Application Form...

Prof Dirk Hermanus van Papendorp

He obtained his Medical degree at the University of Pretoria in 1974 and his ECFMG diploma from Philadelphia, USA, the following year. After his internship at the Pretoria Academic Hospital he practiced for 2 years as general practitioner at the Van Riebeeck Medical Centre and Monument Park centre, Pretoria.