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Professor Marc Combrinck
NRF Research Chair in Clinical Neurosciences: neuro-
inflammation and mechanisms of neuro-degeneration with
specific reference to cognitive impairment in the elderly
and in HIV-associated encephalopathy.
Dr Kevin G.F. Thomas
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology: geriatric
neuropsychology; dementia; impact of stress on memory;
impact of life stressors on age-related cognitive decline.
Associate Professor John A. Joska
Senior Lecturer, Division of Neuropsychiatry, Department
of Psychiatry and Mental Health: neurocognitive disorders
in HIV infection.
Contact Details
Postal Address: The Albertina and Walter Sisulu Institute
of Ageing in Africa, Faculty of Health Sciences, University
of Cape Town, L51, Old Main Building, Groote Schuur
Hospital, Observatory 7925, Cape Town, South Africa.
Telephone: +27 21 406 6211
Fax: +27 21 406 6846
Department Of Medicine
Division Of Nephrology And
Heads of Division: Associate Professor B.L.
Divisional Profile
Currently the new division offers a wide range of clinical
services including chronic and acute dialysis, renal
transplantation, assessment and treatment of a broad
range of kidney disease and resistant hypertension, 24
blood pressure monitoring renal biopsies, prevention
of chronic kidney, and cardiovascular risk assessment.
The unit is supported by a dedicated team of transplant
surgeons. Treatment is offered to both private and indigent
patients. It also offers out reach programmes to Khayelitsha
Community Health Centre and GF Jooste Hospital locally,
and to George Hospital, the Northern and Eastern Cape.
There is active training programme for senior registrars in
Nephrology and the unit is currently training 5 nephrology
fellows. The division supports the Department of Medicine
training of medical students, specialist physicians and
professions allied to medicine. The division also supports
training of renal technologists and the nephrology course
for nurses.
The main academic research activities of the division
relate to renal bone disease; systemic lupus erythematosis
(SLE); genetics of salt sensitive hypertension; diabetic
nephropathy; classification, genetics, prevalence and
treatment of HIV associated nephropathy; the genetics of
ACE inhibitor related angioedema in black and coloured
South Africans; treatment of renal artery stenosis due
to atherosclerosis; vascular calcification in CKD stage 5
and its effects on central aortic BP; detection of vascular
calcification; and the effects of antiviral treatment on BP in
patients living with HIV.
Divisional Statistics
Permanent and Long-term Contract Staff
and students
Associate Professors
Senior Lecturers
Emeritus Professor
Senior registrar
Part-time consultant
Medical officers
Medical registrars
PhD Students
Research Fields and Staff
Associate Professor C.R. Swanepoel
HIV and the kidney – worked on the development of a HIV
and renal disease classification. Principal researcher is Dr
N Wearne.
Dr Z Barday
Kidney transplantation
Dr Yvonne Trinder
Dr Ike Okpechi
Lupus registry; Quality of life in CAPD patients