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UCT researchers, through global collaboration, have identified a new gene that is a major cause of sudden death among young people and athletes.
The Cardiovascular Genetics team at the Hatter Institute at UCT, headed by Prof Bongani Mayosi and Dr Gasnat Shaboodien, continue to garner accolades and national media attention.
2017 marks the fourth year of the World Heart Federation Emerging Leaders programme and will focus on access to essential medicines for cardiovascular diseases. Despite the availability for decades of evidence-based medicines to prevent and treat CVD, their use is still very low.
The Cardiovascular Genetics research team (led by Prof Bongani (dean of UCT’s Faculty of Health Sciences) and Dr Gasnat Shaboodien (Deputy Director of the Cardiovascular Genetics unit, HICRA, UCT) that discovered that a mutation in the CDH2 gene can cause a disease known as arrhythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC) has raised public awareness of heart disease in South Africa to a whole new level.
Prof. Karen Sliwa has been appointed as the new Deputy Dean for Research until the end of the year.
Dr Frederic Nduhirabandi, a postdoctoral researcher at the Hatter Institute, visited a European Research Council (ERC)-funded laboratory in Netherlands in the context of a newly initiated partnership between National Research Foundation (NRF) and ERC.
Prof. Karen Sliwa gave the prestigious Academy of Sciences-The Lancet International Health lecture at the Wellcome Collection Centre in London, 25th October 2016.
The Heart of Africa book was lunched on Wednesday 12th October 2016 at the 2nd Douala Medical Research Day, Douala Hospital, Cameroon.
Johanna Ralston, CEO of the World Heart Federation made an announcement at its General Assembly which was held during the recent World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Heath 2016 that, Prof Karen Sliwa of South Africa has been elected by the membership as President-Elect of the Federation, marking two firsts: she is the first female president and the first from the African Continent.
Prof Sliwa, Dr Feriel Azibani (Post-doctoral Research fellow) & Olivia Briton (Project Coordinator) attended the 3rd World Congress on Acute Heart Failure, where Prof Sliwa presented the recently published results of the BAHEF study (European Journal of Heart Failure (2016)doi:10.1002/ejhf.581) in a Late Breaking Trial session as well as a talk on ‘Valvular disease in Pregnancy’ during the ‘Cardiac challenges in Pregnancy’ session.
In May 2016 Prof. Karen Sliwa welcomed Prof Derek Yellon and Prof Bernard Gersh, board members of the Hatter Institute during their visit at the Institute.
Prof. Karen Sliwa held the Pan-African Cardiac Society of Cardiology Heart Failure Task Force meeting jointly with the first Tanzania Cardiac Conference in Dar Es Salaam (20-22 April 2016).