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Mrs Olivia Briton

Project Co-ordinator

​021-4066358 | olivia.briton@uct.ac.za

I was born in Port Elizabeth and brought up on a Dairy farm in the Eastern Cape. Schooling meant being a boarder at schools in Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth. I moved to Cape Town after school to train as a nurse at Victoria Hospital in Wynberg, and thereafter I worked at Groote Schuur Hospital and specialised in Oncology. I ran the Gynaeoncology Chemotherapy unit for five years before moving to the UK in 1997, here I started my career in Medical Research at St Bartholomews Hospital, London, as the Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Research nurse. In 2000 I moved back to Cape Town and worked as the project Co-Ordinator for the ‘Khayelitsha Cervical Cancer Screening Project’ at UCT, managing various research studies to prevent Cervical Cancer. I’ve now joined HICRA as the Research Project Co-Ordinator and am working on the B-A-HEF study.


Ms Carmelita Abrahams

Intern NRF

Email: carmelita.abrahams@uct.ac.za

I am passionate about the field of physiology and research. Therefore, I pursued a BscHons and MSc in Physiology at Stellenbosch University.  I am currently employed as an NRF intern at the HICRA with the cardioprotection research group supervised by Prof Sandrine Lecour. As part of the internship I will learn different techniques and assigned a project that will investigate lipoprotein profile in HIV patients. 


Mrs Lameez Pearce

Research Assistant

021-406 6554 | Lameez.pearce@uct.ac.za

Joined the cardiovascular genetics team in 2012 as a research assistant. Main roles in the laboratory include genetic screening for mutations in patients with heart disease and DNA extractions from various biological samples.