Ayesha Motala is a specialist physician and is currently Professor in the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital(IALCH) and Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa.
Ayesha is a clinician and her research has focussed on the epidemiology, genetic and clinical aspects of diabetes mellitus and other NCDs .
She has been involved in several large – scale population studies, both cross-sectional and longitudinal, on the epidemiology of diabetes mellitus in African (black) and Asian Indian communities in KwaZulu Natal, both urban and rural.
She is currently lead principal investigator of a large consortium – wide study at 10 sites across 7 countries in sub-Saharan Africa – the Human Hereditary and Health in Africa (H3Africa) study on diabetes, funded through the Wellcome Trust.
She is actively involved in Postgraduate Training, as supervisor to several PhD and Master’s students at UKZN; in addition, at a continental level, as member of the Capacity Building Committee of the African Partnership for Chronic Disease Research (APCDR), is actively engaged in supporting junior researchers (at PhD and post-doctorate level), through its training grant.
The nature of her research and training commitments has naturally involved collaboration with several other partners – local, national and international.
She has served as Chairperson of the Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism of South Africa (SEMDSA),and as member of several committees of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and World Health Organization (WHO).