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Biographic information of the Organising Committee for the 45th Annual ASSA conference to be held in Cape Town, April, 2017.

Prof. Graham Louw: Head of the Division of Human Biology

Clinical Anatomy and Biological anthropology

Graham Louw originally qualified as a veterinarian (BVSc) at the University of Pretoria, where he later taught the comparative anatomy of domestic animals while completing his doctoral degree (DVSc) in developmental neuro-embryology. He then returned to Cape Town to join the Faculty of Health Sciences as a senior lecturer and currently holds the position of Full Professor and Head of the Division of Clinical Anatomy and Biological Anthropology in the Department of Human Biology at UCT. He has been teaching human anatomy, embryology and neurosciences for more than two decades. He holds a Distinguished Teacher’s Award from UCT and a Masters in Philosophy in Higher Education Studies through the Faculty of Humanities. He has been Chair of the Animal Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences and has served two terms as President of the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA). He is one of the regional editors of the Clinical Anatomy, the journal of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists.

He has been a member of ASSA since 1980 and served as Honorary Treasurer in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, and again from 2014 onwards. He was Chairperson of the local Organising Committee for the international meeting of the International Federation of the Associations of Anatomists (IFAA) in Cape Town in 2009. He is Chairperson of the Organising Committee of the 45th annual conference of ASSA to be held in Cape Town in April, 2017.

Dr Liz van der Merwe: Department of Human Biology

Clinical Anatomy and Biological anthropology

Liz van der Merwe is Senior lecturer in the Dept. Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences UCT. Herteaching includes histology, physiology, and at postgraduate level the field of regenerative medicine.

She is an Honorary Editor for Proceedings for the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA) since 2012 and member of council ASSA since 2012.

She’s also a co-ordinator for the Cell Biology Workshop for the ASSA 2017 conference.

Her research interests are broadly in the area of regenerative medicine and mainly in the following areas:

1) Ocular research with particular emphasis on the anterior segment (specifically the corneal endothelium and the aqueous outflow pathway).

2) Diabetes and the pancreas. Here at the basic science level, my current research is based on understanding the mechanisms that underlie pancreatic islet vascular and innervation in experimental pancreas regenerative models.

The underlying theme in both areas of research relates to the regulatory mechanisms that define vascular patterning and function. One key approach she uses in her research is to examine the micro anatomical relationships between various structures of interest is multi-immunofluorescence of whole-mounts and 3-D reconstruction from confocal microscopic imaging.

Ms Kerri van der Berg: Department of Human Biology

Clinical Anatomy and Biological anthropology

Graduating in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Anatomy, Kerri has been working as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Human Biology since 2013. She teaches the Anatomy component of the Intervention Programme Course as well as lecturing the Health and Rehabilitation students and assisting in MBCHB mainstream practicals. Her speciality is gross anatomy of the human body and she is passionate about making learning anatomy fun, interesting and memorable for the students.

Dr Geney D Gunston: Department of Human Biology

Clinical Anatomy and Biological anthropology

Geney Gunston qualified as a medical doctor (MBChB) at the University of Cape Town. After completing internship, she worked as a Medical Officer in Paediatrics, Anaesthetics andPathology, and at City of Cape Town Community Health Clinics. She then returned to the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences and joined the Department of Human Biology where she has taught human anatomy to students in the medical, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and BSc Med Honours in Applied Anatomy / Biological Anthropology programmes. She has participated in the PBL MBChB curriculum since its launch in 2002 and is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Human Biology and theyear one convenor for the MBChB Programme, having completed a Masters in Higher Education Studies.Her research interests include clinical and applied anatomy and medical education, particularly regarding the successful transition from secondary education to university and the First Year Experience at university. Her postgraduate students reflect her interests in clinical and applied Anatomy, as well as in Medical Education.She is a life member of the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA).

Miss Kentse Mpolokeng: Department of Human Biology

Clinical Anatomy and Biological anthropology

Kentse Mpolokeng joined UCT in 2016 as an Assistant Lecturer in Anatomy through the nGAP programme. In 2008 she began her BSc degree at the University of the Free State, where her love of the discipline of anatomy began and continued to develop through her honours degree in 2012. In 2013, Kentse started her Master’s degree in Medical Sciences Anatomy and Cell Morphology at the University of the Free State that she continues today “the prevalence of anatomic variations in the intraorbital part of the ophthalmic artery and its branches within a cadaver population”. Subsequently, Kentse joined the University of Western Cape in the Department of Medical Biosciences as a support staff member in the position of Officer in Anatomy and was soon promoted to Senior Officer in Anatomy.

In her current position at UCT, she is involved with teaching the 2nd and 3rd year medical students, some teaching in the medical student intervention programme, and is facilitating a first year PBL group on a weekly basis. She is currently co-supervising two honours students’ projects within the Human Anatomy.

Kentse has become an active member of the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa since the beginning of 2016.

Dr. Jacqui Friedling: Department of Human Biology

Clinical Anatomy and Biological Anthropology

Lecturer in Biological / Forensic Anthropology and Anatomy

Director of F.A.C.T.

Qualifications: MSc (Med) (cum laude), PhD (UCT)

Specializes in: Forensic and Biological Anthropology

Works on: Archaeological, Historical and Forensic cases / exhumations in South Africa, Namibia and Mauritius

Research interests:  Skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, life history studies (health, disease, diet and activity patterns in populations), human variation, adaptation and development, dental anthropology, growth patterns in children, trauma patterns.

Dr Victoria Gibbon: Department of Human Biology

Clinical Anatomy and Biological Anthropology

Victoria Gibbon has recently joined the Division of Clinical Anatomy and Biological Anthropology as a Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology. She earned her PhD in 2008 from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Her research and teaching interests are primarily in biological anthropology, forensics, and bioarchaeology. She uses biological indicators from the skeleton to understand past human societies; their biology, migration patterns, health, culture and subsistence practices. She is a member of the Organising Committee of the 45th annual conference of ASSA to be held in Cape Town in April, 2017.

Ms Belinda Speed: Department of Pathology

Belinda graduated with her M.Sc in Biological Anthropology in 2012, and went on to manage the FACT Forensic Anthropology Laboratory at the University of Cape Town until the end of 2015. She has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching across numerous courses. She is currently registered for her PhD in Forensic Medicine at the Department of Pathology, specialising in decomposition in marine environments of the Western Cape.

She is a member of the Organising Committee of the 45th annual conference of ASSA to be held in Cape Town in April, 2017.

Miss Elizabeth Potter: Department of Human Biology

Clinical Anatomy and Biological anthropology

Elizabeth graduated with her Honours in Biological Anthropology in 2015, and went on to register for an MSc (Med) in Applied Anatomy in 2016. She is passionate about forensic anthropology and anatomy and has assisted on a series of forensic cases, under the careful supervision of Dr Jacqui Friedling. Her current research focusses on craniofacial morphological variation within ancestral populations of South Africa.

Mr Bruce Dando: Department of Human Biology

Clinical Anatomy and Biological Anthropology division

Bruce Dando is the Principal Technical Officer in the Department of Human Biology at UCT. His role includes overseeing all the technical operations and managing of all the technical staff. Besides managing the staff who carry out all the technical procedures with the cadavers, He sets up and manages a plastination plant which has grown to include a variety of techniques for producing quality specimens used in teaching. He has been instrumental in developing and organising surgical workshops using fresh un -embalmed human material  for the registrars and consultants.