School of Physiology Faculty of Health Sciences University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Genomics Research Unit

Our units/research group comprises of members of rheumatology clinics at the Milpark Hospital and the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, and the Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Genomics Research Unit (CPGRU), School of Physiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. There are currently 3 consultants and 4 fellows (each also working on their Masters degree) in our rheumatology clinics. Active researchers at our CPGRU include 2 Full Professors (Gavin R Norton and Angela J Woodiwiss) who are also the unit directors, 2 Honorary Full Research Professors (Patrick H Dessein and Pinhas Sarelli), 1 Postdoctoral Fellow (PhD), 5 Lecturers (PhD), 2 Junior Research Officer (1 PhD), 1 Honorary Researcher, 1 Associate Lecturer, and 3 Laboratory Technicians of which 1 is also a Field Worker. In 2013, 22 papers (9 related to the cardiovascular field in rheumatic diseases) were produced, 68% of which were published in journals with an impact factor of >3 and the remaining in journals with impact factors between 1 and 3; 7 PhD and 3 MSc (research) students were awarded their degrees. Apart from Patrick Dessein, Linda Tsang, Angela Woodiwiss and Gavin Norton, other members of the CPRGU including a lecturer, a PhD student and master and honor students have recently started participating in projects on cardiovascular risk in rheumatic diseases, which are further being done in collaboration with the Rheumatology Department at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (Dr Ahmed Solomon, head of department and PhD student at present).