A big congratulations to our senior registrars, Drs. Ronald Dalmacio and Dieter van der Westhuizen.
On the 25th of November 2021, the Division of Chemical Pathology hosted the Department of Pathology Transformation and Equity Committee (DPATH-TEC) seminar. We presented 3 videos explaining the Kaizen philosophy of continuous improvement that we have adopted to shape growth and development in our team.
The biennial H.i.P Research Symposium took place over 1 and 2 December in a hybrid format. This event is a chance for the three largest research-intensive departments in UCT’s Faculty of Health Sciences, the Departments of Human Biology (H), Integrative Biomedical Sciences(i) and Pathology (P), to showcase their latest research.
The SDGs Africa Summit hosted by UCT is a collaborative event for engagement, innovation, and actionable outputs to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.
The following Chemical Pathology staff member abstracts were accepted for PathReD 2021
Titus Mashilo was recently awarded the Max Price and Deborah Posel Postgraduate Scholarship which was established to provide support to exceptional and talented South African and permanent resident postgraduate students to pursue study and career paths as academics and specialists in their fields by supporting the pipeline towards doctoral studies.
Justine first became involved in the UCT Division of Chemical Pathology during her second year of medical school, when she began attending the academic meetings in the division. She later joined the division formally, as a PhD student, and worked on a lipidology project under the co-supervision of Prof. David Marais and Dr. Dee Blackhurst. When a registrar post became available in the division 2 years later, Justine was invited to apply, and decided to convert her PhD to an MMed and embark on this adventure.
In April 2018 Ms Surita Meldau attended the Care-for-Rare conference thanks to a travel award received from the Care-for-Rare Foundation in Munich.
In South Africa we have a single genetic referral laboratory that offers diagnostic testing for mitochondrial genetics as part of a larger repertoire of metabolic disease tests. The inherited metabolic disease (IMD) laboratory at GSH in Cape Town is run by a single medical scientist and one medical technologist and is responsible for the entire repertoire of metabolic disease genetics in the country. As a highly specialised service (and the only one in Southern Africa), contact with other experts in the field requires extensive collaborations and communication with overseas laboratories and specialists. This has however been lacking until recently.