Professor Karen Sliwa (MD, PhD, FESC, FACC) is the project leader of HEDUAfrica and Director of the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa, University of Cape Town, and Director of the Soweto Cardiovascular Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Dr Friedrich Thienemann is the director of Integerafrica. Dr Friedrich Thienemann studied medicine at Charité Berlin, Université Paris Descartes and the University of Cape Town. Thereafter, he joined the tropEd Network and undertook a Master of International Health. He began his training in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at Charité.
Professor John Anthony (MB, ChB, FCOG, MPhil) is a member of the HEDUAfrica think-tank, and a key member of the project. Anthony is Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Groote Schuur Hospital of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Professor Lori A Blauwet is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA. She recently joined the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa at the University of Cape Town. Blauwet is a contributor to the heart disease in pregnancy section.
Zulfah Albertyn is currently a Masters student at the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa and will be joining Prof K. Sliwa-Hahnle as her PhD student. Zulfah studied a BSc degree in Physiology and Genetics, a BSc (MED)(HONS) degree in physiology and a MSc(MED) degree in Medicine at the University of Cape Town.
Dr Kim Lamont completed her undergraduate degree in molecular cell biology at the University of Limpopo in 2006. She then completed her honours degree in medicine in 2007. Her enthusiasm has lead to the completion of her MSc in medicine with distinction, in 2009.
Sandra Pretorius is an instructor for the HEDUAfrica project. Pretorius completed her BDietetics undergraduate studies at the University of Pretoria in 1992, a postgraduate diploma in hospital dietetics in 1995 and a Masters degree in rehabilitation, MPhil Rehab, at the University of Stellenbosch in 2010, with the title, ‘Food choices and macro- and micronutrient intake of Sowetans with heart failure’.
Sylvia Dennis is the personal assistant of Professor Karen Sliwa and project administrative assistant at the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa (HICRA), of the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town.
Dr Simone Honikman is a medical doctor and founder of the PMHP. Honikman has extensive experience working within the public sector in women’s health, both as a clinician and as a service manager. She founded the PMHP in response to the significant unmet need for maternal mental health within an overstretched public health care system.
Dr Vanessa Perrott (MRCGP) is a family physician. Perrott has a special interest in doctor-patient communication, with a Masters in Linguistics. Her research focused on the challenges of doctor-patient communication in the multilingual and multi-cultural South African setting.
Kevashini Govender is a University of Cape Town-trained clinical psychologist and an experienced trainer. Govender joined the PMHP team in October 2011. She took an interest in training as a psychology student, and developed expertise through extensive and diverse experience in the public and non-governmental sectors. Her clinical experience also includes public and private practice in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Dr Katherine Everett-Murphy is a principal research officer in the Chronic Diseases Initiative in Africa (CDIA). She has a postgraduate qualification in Health Promotion from the University of Galway in Ireland and has recently completed her thesis for a PhD in Public Health at the University of Cape Town. The current focus of her work is developing and testing interventions for lifestyle behavioral change.
John Malherbe was a designer for the previous HEDUAfrica project. He completed a BEcon degree at the University of Stellenbosh, majoring in Economics and Trade Law, after which he completed a Diploma in Art Direction and Design at the Red & Yellow School of Advertising. Combining these two disciplines, his path took him from advertising to multimedia, animation and film production.
Christiaan Diedericks was the lead developer of the previous HEDUAfrica platform. He was responsible for the design and implementation of the IT infrastructure, as well as the platform software development. Diedericks wrote his first medical software at the age of 12, for his local dentist. He went on to study Electronic Engineering for a brief period before discovering his other passion in life: photography.
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